TALLAHASSEE — After fiery exchanges with veterans and patient advocates who accused a legislative leader of relying on faulty research, members of a House committee on Tuesday pushed forward a proposal that would cap the level of euphoria-inducing THC in smokable medical marijuana.
The House plan would also give veterans free, state-issued medical marijuana identification cards, a sweetener that angered veterans who lashed out at the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ray Rodrigues, during an emotionally charged House Appropriations Committee meeting.
But the proposal’s future may be doomed in the Senate, where no companion bill has been filed with only a few weeks to go in the legislative session.
Although Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, supports the policy, spokeswoman Katie Betta said in an email, “He believes it would be challenging, but not impossible, to reopen issues related to medical marijuana at this late point in session.”
The House plan to impose a THC cap came