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Iowans petition for medical marijuana act to come up for a vote

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans fighting for access to medical cannabis want to send a message to Sen. Chuck Grassley.

The group Americans for Safe Access is passing around a petition asking Grassley to allow the Caregivers Act to come up for a vote. The act would change the government's definition of cannabis, making it a drug with some accepted medical treatment.

"It would open the doors for so many people who are sick and suffering who need help and are too afraid to break federal law, I'm forced to break federal law because our neurologist recommend us to try this medicine but other people are scared," said Erin Miller with Iowans Fighting for Medical Cannabis.

A spokeswoman for Grassley says he supports research of medical marijuana, but he feels the Caregivers Act would make it easier for people to use marijuana for recreation.