Vermont doctors push to lower cannabis potency cap

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A coalition of Vermont doctors is urging state lawmakers to cap the amount of THC allowed in all cannabis products at 15%, a move that, if implemented could have major ramifications for marijuana companies in the state.

According to VTDigger, the Vermont Medical Society – which represents 2,400 doctors and physician assistants – sent a resolution to the Legislature asking the state Cannabis Control Board to establish a new potency cap for the sake of consumer safety.

The physicians’ resolution also:

  • Calls for health warnings to be mandated on cannabis product packaging and ads.
  • Cited the state health department, which reported last year that “marijuana use is a significant public health problem in Vermont, and it is getting worse.”

It’s not clear yet whether regulators or lawmakers will act on the resolution.

Vermont already has a potency cap for its upcoming recreational marijuana market, with flower capped at 30% THC and concentrates at 60% THC.

Medical marijuana products in Vermont, however, are not limited on potency.

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Vermont currently is the only state in the nation with THC potency limits, though lawmakers in Colorado and other states have been weighing such caps.

The new adult-use market in Vermont is expected to launch next spring.