Just almost a month after Florida raised a ban on smokable marijuana, a House committee approved a bill to reduce the strength of cannabis flower available to patients who want to smoke their medicine.

The House Health and Human Services Committee made a vote to cap THC levels in smokable medical marijuana at 10% despite objections from patient advocates who insisted that stronger cannabis is already on the market and limiting strength will hurt patients and boost illicit-market sales.

Republicans supported the cap and Democrats opposed it. 

The Committee Chairman Mr Ray Rodrigues said studies have shown marijuana with THC levels above 10% can induce psychosis in some users and THC levels below that amount have been effective for medical use.

He turned aside the suggestion that Florida should study the effects of high-THC marijuana on patients before placing limits on it