As many of you know, only medicinal marijuana is legal in Florida. So you have to have a medical card to get it. But there’s a type of hemp being sold legally in hundreds of convenience stores across the Tampa Bay area, and it could be dangerous.

Delta-8 THC is sometimes called “marijuana lite.” It’s a derivative of the more common delta-9 THC, which is restricted. The edibles are often packaged to look like common candies or snacks. One big concern is that this product could get into the hands of a child. And there’s good reason for the concerns — calls to poison control about delta-8 THC are way up. In Florida alone in 2020, they took 77 calls.

So far in 2022, there have been 503.

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