To be honest, we’ve been quiet because we haven’t needed our patient advocates to engage in anything timely that’s been happening – and we asked soooooooo much of you all last month that we all needed a little breather. In any case,
I’m sure you’re wondering the status of these horrible THC caps bills, so here is the current lay of the land: Gov. Ron DeSantis: Gov. DeSantis came out last week against THC caps legislation saying, “it’s not something I’m endorsing”.
The Florida Senate: The Senate version of THC caps is currently stuck in the Judiciary Committee, where it is likely to remain without a vote. Judiciary is chaired by Sen. Jeff Brandes, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Central Florida who has been a major champion of medical marijuana going back almost a decade. Brandes’ committee will not hear SB 1958 (THC caps).
The Florida House of Representatives: The House bill, HB 1455, has so far passed out of two of its three assigned committees. The third and final committee, Health and Human Services, has yet to place THC caps on a meeting agenda, despite having at least two opportunities to do so since HB 1455 passed out of the HHS Appropriations Subcommittee.
The bottom line: THC caps are currently stalled in the House – but that doesn’t mean they are dead – and HB 1455 could see the light of day with every subsequent HHS meeting, with a <48 hours public notice requirement before taking a vote. And caps appear DOA with the Governor and Senate, but things are often not how they appear in Tallahassee.