An Iowa House sub-committee advanced a bill last week that would change Iowa’s medical marijuana laws.
Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed similar legislation in spring 2019. The new bill scaled back the number of grams patients can receive in a 90 day period from 25 grams in the 2019 bill to 4.5 grams in the new bill.
Rep. Bob Kressig, D-Cedar Falls, said the change in the bill was “not good.”
“That will really create a problem for people,” Kressig said.
Lance Leski, senior in computer science and president of the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws at Iowa State (NORML), said this bill limits the variety of strains patients can purchase.
“In the grand scheme of things, these changes mean that any cannabis sold in the state of Iowa will actually have less potential to heal anyone with a medical issue,” Leski said.
Kressig said the change from 25 grams to 4.5 is not ideal for Iowa, and he would like to see it stay at the 2019 level of 25 or some other higher number than 4.5.
“It’s a bad policy; it basically makes Iowa the worst on medical cannabis,” Kressig said. “I think what needs to happen is we take it to the 25-gram dosage.” [Read more at Iowa State Daily]