The cannabis industry has grown in size and scope in recent years. With this expansion, the discussion about regulation and what types of products can be sold in the market has increased.
Since these discussions are taking place in the industry, companies are now being examined by lawmakers for an emerging problem: potency. As the industry grows, so does the variety of cannabis products – this includes the amount of THC in a given product. Hence, THC potency has become a hotly debated topic in states where cannabis has been legalized.
THC limits already in place in Vermont, discussed in other states
States like Colorado and Washington are debating whether THC limits should be introduced in response to public health concerns. Vermont has already passed laws limiting the amount of THC in cannabis products sold in the state.
Concerns about the effectiveness of cannabis products have also been raised at the federal level. Dianne Feinstein (D) and John Cornyn (R), co-chairs of the Senate Committee on International Drug Control, have advocated the introduction of THC limits by federal agencies in states where cannabis has been legalized.
Arguments for THC limits
Core arguments among proponents of THC limits include providing more overt potencies for cannabis products and concerns about cannabis use by children and young adults. Proponents of such changes are Colorado-based Blue Rising Together, a democratic advocacy group.
In an interview, Colorado House spokesman Alec Garnett (D) said: “We have to make a lot of legislative tightening to curb what is clearly the problem, namely the diversion of highly effective products into the hands of teenagers. I don’t want a teenager to be confronted with the question of whether or not to dab off a high potency concentrate. “
In Washington state, MP Lauren Davis (D) has tried to enforce laws to limit the THC potency of concentrate products. She was one of the most vocal critics of legal cannabis among proponents of THC limits after she gave up working with the industry.
“I don’t think anyone thought what would happen if… industry, science and business and the motivation to make a profit came to Washington state. A few years later, your shelves are suddenly full of these oils, which are 99 percent THC, ”she said.
Arguments against THC limits
Cannabis industry officials and experts have raised concerns about THC limits, citing incomplete research and incomplete scientific evidence. In addition, proponents have come out in favor of treating cannabis using the same methods as the alcohol industry, with product safety being governed by state regulators.
Federal laws have made it difficult for cannabis researchers to study the full effects of THC. This, in turn, has made it difficult for lawmakers to properly legislate to address the problem.
Another argument put forward by experts in the cannabis industry is the notion that banning high-THC products will lead customers to seek such products from illegal sources.
“Highly effective products like concentrates – there is significant demand for them from cannabis users,” said Morgan Fox, spokesman for the National Cannabis Association. “If you do it so that regulated producers can no longer produce these, this market will go completely underground.”
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