The North Dakota Senate Approves a Higher THC Threshold for Medical Marijuana Patients.

The North Dakota Senate Approves a Higher THC Threshold for Medical Marijuana Patients.

On Wednesday, despite a divided committee decision to kill the bill, the North Dakota Senate approved an increase to the 30-day THC limit for medicinal marijuana patients.

Senate Bill 2068, introduced by Republican Fargo Senator Kristin Roers, was approved by a vote of 33 to 14. The House of Representatives will be responsible for considering the bill next.

The initial intent of the measure was to increase from 4,000 milligrammes to 8,000 milligrammes the amount of THC allowed to be purchased by medical marijuana patients in a 30-day period for use in products like tinctures and lotions. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The bill received a “do not pass” recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 4 to 3. However, the Senate accepted a floor amendment by Roers that reduced the dosage to 6,000 milligrammes, and the bill ultimately passed with that provision.

A registered nurse, Roers has stated that the bill’s goal is to standardise the quantity of THC in goods and encourage patients to switch from smoking dried leaves and flowers to utilising manufactured products.

I hate to be before you to ask you to play doctor today,” Roers told the Senate. “But the experts in the field are telling us that the statute that is in place currently is not quite working.

So we want to move that up to 6,000 milligrammes so hopefully, we can keep people as comfortable as possible, whether for cancer or any of the other debilitating diseases that they have been certified to be able to use this product for.”

The 6,000 mg floor amendment received a lot of attention in the Senate. Democratic Fargo Senator Merrill Piepkorn has expressed support for moving through with the 8,000 mcg bill.

Chair of the Judiciary Committee Diane Larson, R-Bismarck, expressed worry that raising the THC limit in the future could have an adverse effect on patient’s tolerance.

“Bringing it up to 6,000 — next time it’s 8,000, next time it’s 12,000; we’re playing a game with numbers, and (the) Judiciary Committee, the majority, felt like it is so uncertain what we’re dealing with here,” said Senator Janne Myrdal, R-Edinburg.

“The Senate should make some effort to provide the people the drug they need,” retired nurse and Republican senator Judy Estenson of Warwick said.

According to Jason Wahl, the state’s director of medical marijuana, patients are only allowed to purchase 2.5 ounces of dried leaves and flowers or 4,000 milligrammes of THC in products like concentrates, tinctures, pills, transdermal patches, and lotions every 30 days.

Wahl claims that North Dakota’s THC restriction of 30 days is “on the very, very, very low end, if not the lowest in medical programmes” when compared to other states.

Voters in North Dakota legalised medical marijuana in 2016. The state now has 8,898 registered users, cultivation centres in Bismarck and Fargo, and a total of eight retail outlets serving the state.

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