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VT cannabis regulators reject doctors’ plea to reduce THC level

Cites need to keep up with the illegal market

By Guy Page

The Vermont Cannabis Control Board won’t reduce the THC levels in legal marijuana, despite Vermont doctors appealing to ‘the science’ of the harm caused by high amounts of the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. 

A 2020 law establishes and regulates the legal growth, harvesting, production and sale of marijuana, and leaves most of the implementation details to the unelected, appointed Vermont Cannabis Control Board. 

Last fall, the Vermont Medical Society recommended the Vermont Cannabis Control Board cap at 15% the concentration of THC permitted in ‘flower’ to be sold legally when marijuana shops open. 

Cannabis use, especially of high potency greater than 15% THC, is associated with increased urgent and emergency department psychiatric visits and increased mental health disorders including psychosis,” the VMS said in a Nov. 17 resolution. The resolution quoted a CDC statement warning that that these cannabis exposures can result in extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, delusions or hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and severe nausea or vomiting.

The ‘science,’ according to both the VMS and the CDC, seem to highlight the danger of high-THC level marijuana. Nevertheless, the board refused to lower the cap, citing the need for the legal market to keep pace with the thriving illegal market. The board’s Dec. 21 response appears below:

“The Vermont Medical Society recently issued recommendations to the Cannabis Control Board banning products containing greater than 15% THC from the Vermont adult-use marketplace. This is not the recommendation of the Board.

“The current statutory cap on THC concentration in cannabis flower is 30%. This policy decision was debated by the Vermont legislature and determined to be the appropriate potency limit. Board has no authority to raise this cap and has no intention of lowering it.

“The stated purpose of creating Vermont’s adult-use cannabis marketplace is “to move as much of the illegal cannabis market as possible into the regulated market for the purposes of consumer protection and public safety.” While the Board considered the public health concerns raised by the Vermont Medical Society, the CCB must contend with the fact that high THC cannabis makes up majority of products sold in the medical cannabis and illicit marketplaces. Lowering the THC cap to 15% would merely perpetuate the unregulated market and force consumers to purchase untested, potentially contaminated products.  

“A legalized cannabis marketplace presents an opportunity to begin addressing the harms perpetrated under the decades long war on drugs, as well as create dedicated revenue sources for education, prevention, and afterschool programs. As we have seen with other controlled substances, these investments will likely have a greater impact on reducing the ease of access among our youth and helping our adults make informed decisions about cannabis, than continued prohibition.”

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  1. Lefty politicians don’t want to hear about science…They want their constituents spaced out as much as possible. They’re easier to control and manipulate that way and far more inclined to be dependent on the habitual handouts of big govt….In other words…owned by them come election time.

  2. The Vermont Cannabis Control Board sound off as articulate and persuasive when it comes to the benefits of not lowering the THC content. But that is only self serving propaganda. Who cares if their legal reefer distorts and retard adolescent brains?

  3. “The ‘science,’ according to both the VMS and the CDC, seem to highlight the danger of high-THC level marijuana. Nevertheless, the board refused to lower the cap, citing the need for the legal market to keep pace with the thriving illegal market. ”

    The State of Vermont is getting into the Drug Gang business now? ” …to keep pace with the thriving illegal market…” The members of the non electected Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board (the names are available on line so I won’t list them here) ARE NOT, I repeat, ARE NOT, working on behalf of Vermonters. They’re essentially drug dealers paid by Vermont to control and manipulate the production, harvesting, processing and retail sale of marijuana, a drug known to cause increased health and mental health issues among its users, especially among the younger users, and still considered illegal by the Federal Government. And they want this control for the betterment of Vermonters, to help prevent drug use and abuse among our kids?–NO! They want the tax money! The clueless, moronic progressive/ liberal/ democrat legislature of Vermont wants the MONEY! What a disgusting bunch of creeps…
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  4. THC levels are way too low, in general. ARP funds should be offered in grants that would allow municipalities to install TCH injector devices into municipal water supplies.

  5. result in extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, delusions or hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and severe nausea or vomiting.
    I’m looking at this thinking…yea well the past 2 years have caused alot of this and soooo much more …and yessireee it is all about the money, just look up the cost to get in and continue to operate in Vt…….

  6. It is imperative for the leftists to keep their supporters docile and ignorant and easily emotionally manipulated. “More Soma please”!

  7. Some delusional legislators are drunk with excitement over the revenues they foresee with retail cannabis. Fortunately they hastily legalized home cultivation and since then people who partake have invested in the equipment and knowhow to produce their own. Vermont is flush with quality weed. I hope no Vermonters will indulge in the upcoming retail market and deny the State the revenue they have their minds set on.

  8. Doctors, Psychiatrists and an employee of a legal growing plant from Colorado and Maine came to testify at Burlington City Hall about 2-3 years ago. They ALL spoke very loudly & clearly about the danger to users and the effects. They said that the tax revenue doesn’t begin to pay for the mental & physical health issues and vehicle accidents which are the results of the legalization of pot in their states. TJ Donovan, our Att. Gen, so smugly announced that he was happy & proud that we have legalized it here (at the time it was legal only for medicinal purposes but now it fully legal). VT doctors now have proven these out of state doctors’ warnings to be true.

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