A Colorado Democrat Wants to Cap THC Levels in Marijuana Products at 15%



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The lone medical doctor in the Colorado legislature is looking to cut back the THC content on the most potent cannabis products, among other changes that would have major impacts on the state’s cannabis industry.

State Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a pediatrician and Thornton Democrat, said she is still revising the bill she plans to introduce this month, but one of the main provisions would ban legal marijuana products above 15% THC — the psychoactive compound responsible for the marijuana high. The ban would apply to flower and edibles. THC in flower products can top off close to 30%, while concentrates generally run at 70-80%.

“Even if it’s the start of a conversation, I think it’s an important conversation,” Caraveo told The Denver Post on Thursday. “We led the way with legalization, but it doesn’t mean we should never look at the issue of marijuana again. … My role as a physician is that you continue to look at the evidence.”

A recent report on THC by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment raised red flags about high-potency products.

“Use of cannabis with higher THC content (12-18% THC) was associated with diagnosis of a psychotic disorder in adulthood, regardless of childhood cannabis abuse status,” the report said, adding that there’s been an increase in consumption of high-potency concentrates among youth. [Read more at The Denver Post]

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