Iowa mayor pushes medical marijuana use to be legalized for epileptics

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For years, Iowa lawmakers have debated legalizing medical marijuana. West Des Moines Mayor, Steve Gaer is pushing them to consider allowing epileptics to use it.

According to a report by the Des Moines Register, Gaer’s 24-year-old daughter has a rare form of epilepsy that causes violent seizures. The condition has impacted her development. After trying many different medicines and treatments, they researched medical marijuana, and believe that is her best option.

Radio Iowa reported that Gaer argues that a liquefied version of the drug is low on THC so users cannot get high on it. His hope is that lawmakers will allow epileptics to use this drug.

“They’ve recognized that it’s very helpful for these folks,” Gaer said, according to Radio Iowa. “It’s not addictive. It can’t be abused.”

Our sister station, WHO, reported that ten Iowa senators signed a resolution to generate further study of the use of medical marijuana. The bill will be sent to the Iowa Legislative Council, asking them to have the study complete by December 2014.


  • Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let’s have the compassion to allow them to have it.

    Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

    Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

    Support Medical Marijuana Now!

    “[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.” — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, “Federal Foolishness and Marijuana,” editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

    “[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications.” — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

    “[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate.” — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

    “Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.” — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

    “The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses’ Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine.” — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

    “[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use.” — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, “Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” 1995

    “When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug.” — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

  • Storm Crow

    It is wonderful that those with seizures will soon have access to CBD (cannabidiol), but what about all the OTHER people this herbal medicine could help? CBD prevents many of the complications of diabetes- “Marijuana Compound May Help Stop Diabetic Retinopathy” (Science Daily), and “Lab Notes: Pot Has Benefits for Diabetic Hearts” (MedPageToday). Many women have “triple negative” breast cancer, or other ID-1 type cancer- “Cannabidiol as a novel inhibitor of Id-1 gene expression in aggressive breast cancer cells” (PubMed) and “Pot compound seen as tool against cancer” (SFGate). CBD can stop the growth of “feeder” blood vessels (angiogenesis) that help tumors grow so fast- “Cannabidiol inhibits angiogenesis by multiple mechanisms” (PubMed). So, WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US? We deserve CBD, too! Learn more about CBD in “Granny Storm Crow’s List”.

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    Senator Kimberly Yee of Arizona is denying a marijuana research bill for vetarans, she should be jailed

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter
    though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….my turn, I gave you 20 years, watch and learn

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


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