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Illinois bill proposal to reduce THC draws backlash

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A bill introduced in Springfield last week that would limit the key mind-altering ingredient found in legal pot products has sparked a swift reaction from both cannabis advocates and an influential trade group.

State Representative Mark Patinick, Republican of Plainfield, said that Submit the bill Before the application deadline at the request of the Illinois State Medical Association, whose members have concerns about potency and the “high” number of cannabis-related calls the Illinois Poison Center receives.

Those calls jumped from 487 in 2019 to 743 in 2020 — when cannabis was fully legalized — and then rose to 855 last year. The Poison Center reports that many of them are related to the consumption of bowl foods.

Batinick’s proposal would limit the amount of THC in cannabis flower to 10% and put a limit of 15% for concentrates and infused products. Pam Altoff, executive director of the Cannabis Business Association, believes such regulation would be unprecedented — and a burden on weed producers.

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