Vaping whole flower is a big deal? Oh, please!

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Oh. My. God.

One of the medical cannabis licensees is now selling a product – meant for a vaporizer and consistent with similar products ALREADY on the market – that some say is smokable.

It may be. It probably is. So, what?

The truth is, so is most everything exiting the doors of any and all dispensaries currently operating in Florida. The truth is also that if you light it on fire and inhale it, that makes it smokable (kind of). You can take drops and put them on some leafy product and burn it while inhaling the smoke. You can break open a vape cartridge and smoke the contents. You can take a pill, remove the husk, and also smoke it. Not my bag, but if that’s what you want to do, so what?

Is it legal? I don’t know but I’m not going to suggest the state raid the home of some very sick people to see if they are doing this in the privacy of their homes or hospice beds.

How big of a deal is this?

Let’s step back for a moment and identify exactly what Trulieve is now selling. They are selling “whole flower” in a vape cartridge, clearly and unequivocally meant for a vaporizer. What you do when you get it home is your business. This has not changed since last week, before this product went on the market!

Is that allowable?

I am not practicing law here but embedded in our State Constitution is this language:

(4) “Marijuana” has the meaning given cannabis in Section 893.02(3), Florida Statutes (2014),

And state Statute Section 893.02(3) says;

“Cannabis” means all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin.

“All parts.”

So, let’s boil this down. Trulieve is selling marijuana flower. That’s part of the “all parts” part.

Some people – some very sick people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, epileptic seizures, Multiple Sclerosis or from terminal cancer – may want to remove it from its vape cartridge and smoke it.

And this is news?

What I find interesting, is this product is WAY less expensive – by some measures as much as 60 percent less expensive – than comparable products.

We’ve heard a lot about competition and free markets related to the implementation of Amendment 2. One could argue this is the beginning of some soon-to-come price wars.

Now THAT is news!

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.