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Iowa State Senator to introduce legislation expanding medical marijuana use

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At a legislative forum in Davenport Friday, February 27, 2015, several Iowa lawmakers discussed bills they are working on in their committees. The bills need to be approved by the committees by the end of next week to continue on in the session. One issue not mentioned was medical marijuana.

"I do not have any bills on the House side in regards to medical marijuana," said State Representative Linda Miller.

A bill will be introduced on the Senate side on Tuesday, March 3, 2015,  from State Senator Joe Bolkcom. The bill expands the use of cannabis oil and possibly other types of marijuana to more patients. It would also allow some companies to produce and distribute it. Patients would need doctor certification stating that they have a qualifying condition. The bill also establishes a medical advisory board to oversee the program.

Currently in Iowa, only patients with severe forms of epilepsy can use cannabis oil, but they can't get it in Iowa.

"We passed a law last year that had great intentions. We're trying to help these people with varying physical ailments that would be helped by the use of medical marijuana and so we thought there was great gains there but it's obvious that that bill is really not helping anyone," said State Senator Rita Hart.

"The Governor is trying to see how it's going to be implemented. He's made some comments in regards to the parents, especially that feel like they can't get access to it so I think that they're working on that issue," said Miller.

Including the possibility that Iowans would be able to get medical marijuana in Illinois, where it is currently only available for Illinois residents.

"I know there's some problems that we may need to take a look at it, maybe next year, it may be this year," said State Senator Roby Smith.

On February 19, 2015, Senator Bolkcom introduced a bill that would change marijuana from a schedule I controlled substance to a schedule II controlled substance.

According to the bill's explanation, reclassifying marijuana as a schedule II drug would allow a physician to issue a prescription for marijuana under state law. However, federal regulations could prohibit such prescriptions.

 

 

4 comments

  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    “The Governor is trying to see how it’s going to be implemented. He’s made some comments in regards to the parents, especially that feel like they can’t get access to it so I think that they’re working on that issue,” said Miller.

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  • Dave K

    You are not likely to hear about this study from dishonest politicians or our Right Wing Nut Jobs like Grassley who Police for Profit from our citizens. At the conclusion of a recent study by the US Dept of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was asked how many crash fatalities are caused by marijuana each year. “That’s difficult to say,” replied Jeff Michael, NHTSA’s associate administrator for research and program development. “We don’t have a precise estimate.” The most he was willing to affirm was that the number is “probably not” zero. Although experiments show that marijuana impairs driving ability, the effects are not nearly as dramatic as those seen with alcohol, and measuring the real-world consequences has proven very difficult, as demonstrated by a landmark study that NHTSA released recently. In “the first large-scale [crash risk] study in the United States to include drugs other than alcohol,” NHTSA found that, once the data were adjusted for confounding variables, cannabis consumption was not associated with an increased probability of getting into an accident. This is one of the most comprehensive studies ever done on marijuana and driving. Please review these results if you have any concerns whatsoever about marijuana and driving. Apparently it is almost as hard to find cannabis deaths due to driving as it is to find lethal overdoses of cannabis. The people repealed one expensive and damaging prohibition, and we can do it again. Legalize and regulate everywhere in 2016!

    http://cloudfront-assets.reason.com/assets/db/14237659005232.pdf

  • Shelly Van Winkle RN

    I went to the luncheon, this was not a forum where constituents could ask questions and get answers. After the luncheon, the legislators went up to a seperate area to speak and meet but nobody else was allowed and they certainly did not take questions from their constituents.

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