Lawmakers across the country increasingly are considering legislation that would limit or regulate the potency of marijuana, as states legalize the use of the drug for medical and recreational purposes. New York will tax recreational marijuana based on its amount of THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis, under a law signed last month. Illinois adopted a potency-related tax when recreational pot sales started last year, and Vermont will limit THC content when its legal market opens as soon as next year. “There should definitely be limits on THC. Some of these products have as much as 80 to 90 percent THC,” said Amy Ronshausen, executive director of the Drug-Free America Foundation. “Most studies that have been done are on low potency marijuana. That being said, in a 2019 advisory, the U.S. Surgeon General said that the risk of physical dependence, addiction and other negative mental health consequences increase with exposure to high concentrations of THC marijuana.”

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