STUDY ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA SOUGHT

Rod Boshart
Published: March 19 2014 | 5:07 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:52 am in

A bipartisan group of 10 state senators are asking the Legislative Council to establish an interim panel to study the feasibility of starting a medical use of cannabis program in Iowa. Senate Resolution 112 is sponsored by five Democrats and five Republicans. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, one of the resolution sponsors, said the legislators are requesting that an interim committee be appointed to meet after the November general election and make recommendations to the Iowa General Assembly by Dec. 30 on the feasibility of establishing a medical cannabis program in Iowa allowing qualifying resident patients to purchase and possess cannabis for medical purposes. Legislation seeking to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced but has failed to advance this session. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, one of the resolution sponsors, said the legislators are requesting that an interim committee be appointed to meet after the November general election and make recommendations to the Iowa General Assembly by Dec. 30 on the feasibility of establishing a medical cannabis program in Iowa allowing qualifying resident patients to purchase and possess cannabis for medical purposes. In recent weeks, top legislators have indicated they believe the tide may be turning for efforts to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes given testimony presented by medical experts and people whose family members may benefit from using the banned substance. However, Gov. Terry Branstad has warned there are too many “unintended consequences” to legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Iowa. Twenty states and the District of Columbia now have prescription programs that dispense marijuana to cancer patients, epileptics and others who say the drug offers them relief they cannot find in other prescription drugs.

 

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