Iowans are warming to the idea of legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but most of them still don’t want to make it legal for recreational use, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows.
Seventy percent of Iowa adults say they favor legalizing the drug for medical uses, the poll finds. That’s up from 59 percent a year ago and 58 percent two years ago. However, just 30 percent of Iowa adults favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a level that is essentially unchanged from the past two years.
Iowa legislators last spring passed a limited medical-cannabis bill that would allow possession of a special marijuana extract for people with severe epilepsy. Legislators were persuaded to approve the proposal after parents repeatedly brought their disabled children to the Statehouse to lobby for the right to try the oil to treat seizures. [Read more at the Des Moines Register]