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Politicians Taking a Deep Dive into Marijuana Issue

Drug prevention activists are continually frustrated at the naivete of public policy makers on the dangers of marijuana. We are heartened by a new trend of politicians starting to question the marijuana ‘orthodoxy’ and looking more deeply into the science and negative human health outcomes in the states that are legalizing this drug. Here are a few recent reports.

Arizona introduces bill to cap
medical marijuana THC levels at 2 percent

The marijuana industry is reacting strongly to a bill introduced by 15 members of the Arizona Legislature that would cap THC content of medical marijuana sold in the state’s dispensaries at 2 percent. We can say that because we could find no press coverage of the bill except that published by the marijuana industry press, which must be read with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially about medical issues, considering the source.

Other provisions of the bill include a call for warning labels on all products, based on the Surgeon General’s warnings issued last year that there are no safe levels of marijuana use for pregnant women, nursing mothers, or adolescents.

Read HCR 2045 here.

Florida House Speaker Wants THC Cap on Medical Marijuana

“And we’re starting to learn that this has some schizophrenia-type results, and especially in young developing brains. And so it is, in fact, a priority for us.” –Florida House Speaker, Jose Oliva

House Speaker Oliva backs THC cap for medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – House Speaker Jose Oliva said Thursday he would like to pass legislation that would cap the allowable amount of euphoria-inducing THC in medical marijuana products, calling it a priority for his chamber. “I think it’s important that we pass it. We’re seeing different strains.

Arizona Authorities Caution about Marijuana Vaping

Arizona authorities worried about supercharged marijuana vaping oil

PHOENIX – Authorities are worrying about a supercharged form of marijuana they say is a growing threat to Arizona’s young people. The drug known as crude oil is a highly concentrated with THC, the chemical in marijuana that produces the high, and has meth-like effects when ingested through vaping devices.

Florida Lawmakers Learn about Marijuana Dangers from National Expert

Lawmakers hear case against legal marijuana

October 15, 2019 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) — Members of a House committee heard from a Harvard scientist about the potential pitfalls of legalizing recreational marijuana in Florida. The scientist argued the social costs might outweigh any economic benefits. House majority leader Ray Rodrigues has long raised concerns over the use of marijuana.

Vermont Legislature Holds Hearing -Explores Downside of Marijuana

Former Budtender Explains the Dangerous Practices and Products From Massechuetes Marijuana Industry

Budtender from Massachusetts talks about “regulation” and what we can expect in Vermont from the marijuana industry. A look from behind the counter ( or curt…

See more videos from the Vermont cannabis dangers hearing.

While learning of marijuana harms doesn’t always result in good public policy, at least the politicians are being forewarned. In Washington state they succumbed to political pressure from the marijuana lobby. Something they may soon regret.

Washington State Attempts to Ban Cannabis Concentrates