On June 30, 2016, the Colorado Health Research Council announced its formation to oppose Amendment 139, a constitutional amendment in Colorado that would limit the potency of THC in marijuana flower and infused products to 16 percent.
“My son needs cannabis with high THC concentrations just to survive,” said Stacy Linn, mother of Jack Spitt, a medical cannabis patient with severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. “This law would make the concentration of THC my doctor recommended to keep my child alive illegal to purchase in a store.”
According to BDS Analytics, if Amendment 139 passes, more than 80 percent of the current cannabis products on the legal market would become illegal.
“High THC potency is not unsafe for children,” said Dr. Michele Ross, a neuroscientist and endocannabinoid expert. “In fact, products containing more than 16% THC may be necessary for many children with chronic conditions. THC potency should be something left to the discretion of medical professionals and their patients.”
According to The Cannabist, “The CHRC has raised more than $300,000 for its fight against Amendment 139 — nearly $215,000 listed in a June 27 contributions report and another $96,500 listed in a June 28 report of major contributors.”