Backers say time is running out to pass Iowa medical marijuana bill

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Supporters of legislation that would expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa say lawmakers are running out of time this session to pass the bill.

A group known as Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis held a rally Tuesday, March 22, 2016, outside the Capitol in support of a marijuana bill introduced earlier this session. They called out leaders in the Republican-controlled House, which currently has control of the measure.

Organizers say time is running out to take action on the bill, which would create a system for manufacturing, dispensing and possessing medical marijuana in Iowa. It could require approval in at least two more legislative committees and chamber votes before Gov. Terry Branstad would review it.

A message for House Republican leaders was not immediately returned Tuesday.

 

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