LEE COUNTY, Fla. – There are greater than 100 compounds discovered within the hashish plant together with CBD which doesn’t get you excessive. Delta 9 THC is the compound that does get you excessive and to legally get it in Florida you have to be a medical marijuana affected person.
Then there’s Delta-8 THC which has gained a whole lot of recognition lately. It has very slight psychoactive results, nevertheless, it’s not regulated and you’ll find it on the market in smoke retailers or fuel stations.
Republican Spencer Roach and Democrat Andrew Realized are proposing some big changes to the hashish compounds.
Their 48 web page Home Invoice 679 has help for democrats and republicans and it does a number of issues. It raises the age from 18 to 21 to purchase CBD merchandise and Delta 8 merchandise. It additionally makes the method of getting medical marijuana cheaper and simpler. Lastly, it closes the loophole on Delta 8.
Whereas some Delta 8 merchandise can get you excessive they don’t meet the definition of marijuana. Lawmakers wish to regulate the variety of THC merchandise contained.
“I might additionally say I’m a fan and buyer who does use sure delta 8 merchandise,” mentioned Michael Jones.
Jones owns a downtown Fort Myers vape store and sells Delta 8 merchandise. He mentioned the crackdown will influence corporations like his.
“From a monetary standpoint, sure it does have an effect on me as a enterprise proprietor,” he mentioned.
Delta 8 and CBD merchandise would not be bought to folks below 21 in Florida.
“If it’s cleansing the business and making it extra skilled, respectful and ensuring that Florida can proceed to have the business profitable then I’m all for it,” mentioned Cole Peacock the proprietor of Seed & Bean CBD espresso store in downtown Fort Myers.
Nonetheless, not everybody within the business sees it that method together with Eli Joyce with Sunshine Hashish.
“I’d wish to see entry improve and no more laws,” Joyce famous.
The invoice, nevertheless, makes having access to medical marijuana cheaper and simpler since medical marijuana licenses could be required each two years as a substitute of yearly. It additionally requires fewer evaluations by your physician.
“Seeing a health care provider each two years is lots higher than what it’s now each seven months,” Joyce cited.
The invoice additionally forbids hashish docs and remedy facilities from promoting on radio, TV, or billboards.
“I imagine there’s a concerted effort inside the Florida legislature to stop entry to medical marijuana,” Joyce mentioned. “I really feel that with this invoice as properly.”
Thus far 16 states have both banned or restricted using Delta 8.