skip to Main Content
Iowa Democrats Move Ahead to Broaden State’s Medical Marijuana Law

Senate Democrats moved ahead Thursday with their plan to broaden Iowa’s medical marijuana law, even though House Republicans reiterated their lack of interest in the subject.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved a bill that would allow Iowans to obtain marijuana if a health care provider certified they had one of a range of health problems, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Senate Study Bill 1243 also would allow up to four producers to grow marijuana in Iowa, with oversight from state officials, and it would allow independent dispensaries to sell the drug.

The Legislature last spring passed a limited medical marijuana bill that would allow possession of a special extract by people with serious epilepsy. But that law doesn’t allow other uses, and it doesn’t provide a legal method to obtain the medicine.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, an Iowa City Democrat, said the current bill includes many of the best ideas from the 23 states that have more extensive medical-marijuana programs. “There’s no need for Iowa to reinvent the wheel,” he told his colleagues. [Read more at the Des Moines Register]

This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Stories

Marijuana industry reps try to sell state lawmakers on process to help reduce testing costs in Oklahoma

Cannabis industry representatives told Oklahoma lawmakers during an interim study Monday that adopting standard practices used by food and drug makers could make medical marijuana cheaper and safer. They tried to sell lawmakers on process validation, a system where data is collected at different stages of manufacturing to ensure safety. Apothecary Farms and Apothecary Extracts…

Wait a Minute Mr. Postman: USPS Nixes Cannabis and Hemp ENDS in the Mail

by Hilary Bricken, Principal, Harris Bricken Back in 2015, we wrote about the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”) taking issue with companies placing cannabis ads in the mail. In a written notice dated November 27, 2015, issued by the Portland, Oregon, District Mailing Requirements Office, the USPS  explained: [i]f a mailpiece contains an advertisement for marijuana,…

Montana regulators preparing rules ahead of recreational marijuana launch

The first day of adult-use marijuana sales in Montana will be Jan. 1, 2022. Montana Department of Revenue leaders say they’re confident that they’ll be ready for that important date, but there’s a lot of work to do over the next two months. “The deadlines are aggressive,” said Kristan Barbour, administrator of the department’s Cannabis…

New York Cannabis Board Calls Free Marijuana Samples Illegal

The head of the state’s Cannabis Control Board has declared businesses giving away marijuana as a promotion with the purchase of an overpriced T-shirt, lighter or other item are breaking the law. Tremaine Wright, the former state Assembly member who chairs the regulatory body for New York’s newborn marijuana industry, addressed the increasingly common practice…

More Categories

Back To Top
×Close search