More Iowans will have an additional option to find relief for their seizures, unbearable pain and other chronic conditions this weekend, marking what some hope is a first step in broader medical marijuana access statewide.
Saturday marks the first day products will be made available in Iowa’s expanded cannabidiol program, which is available to Iowans with specific medical conditions at five state-licensed dispensaries — Davenport, Waterloo, Windsor Heights, Council Bluffs and Sioux City.
Throughout the week, officials at the dispensaries were preparing for the program launch, a step that has been long-anticipated for officials involved in the industry since then-Gov. Terry Branstad signed off on the expansion in May 2017.
“It’s been a ton of work, but it’s been an incredible experience for us. So far things have gone as planned, and we anticipate that for opening Saturday,” said Aaron Boshart, director of operations for Iowa Cannabis Company, the company managing the dispensary location in Waterloo.
Doors will open by 8 a.m. Saturday for patients to purchase the program’s first products developed by MedPharm Iowa of Des Moines, the first cannabidiol manufacturer awarded a license by the state. [Read more at The Gazette]