Iowa Medical Marijuana News

Iowa: Overhaul Iowa's Marijuana Laws

The Sacramento Bee

August 25th, 2014
We're ready to say, "OK, legalize it already." For the past few years — as we've advocated for a statewide regulatory system for medical marijuana — we've stopped short of advocating for legalizing the drug for recreational use. And we still think New Mexico's medical cannabis program would provide a workable model for how Iowa could help its citizens suffering from chronic illness without falling into the pitfalls of the programs in states such as California.

Iowa: Advocates Hope For Broader Medical Marijuana Law

San Francisco Chronicle

July 27th, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A narrowly focused medical marijuana law just took effect in Iowa, but advocates are already looking to see how they can expand access to the drug for the chronically ill.

Iowa: Iowa Medical Marijuana Suspects No Longer Charged

San Francisco Chronicle

July 18th, 2014
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The parents of an Iowa man who says he grew marijuana to help treat his cancer no longer face charges.

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle

July 16th, 2014
A CBD cannabis oil bill becomes law in Missouri, the District of Columbia expands its medical marijuana program, Michigan prepares to improve its program, Berkeley will provide free medical marijuana for the poor and homeless, an LA medical marijuana farmers' market gets an injunction slapped on it, and more. Let's get to it:

Iowa: Lawmakers In 11 States Approve Low-THC Medical Marijuana Bills

The Denver Post

June 30th, 2014
Spurred by the stories of epileptic children being treated in Colorado with cannabis oil, lawmakers across the country this year have made a dramatic change in how they talk about marijuana.

Iowa: Iowa Man Denied Medical Marijuana-Use Defense

Times Union

May 31st, 2014
An eastern Iowa man will not be allowed to use his rare cancer condition as a defense when he faces trial next week on charges in a marijuana-growing case.

Iowa: Branstad Signs Cannabis Oil, HIV Transmission Bills

Quad-City Times

May 30th, 2014
DES MOINES — A small army of never-say-die parents and children — many in wheelchairs — impacted by epilepsy flooded the Capitol rotunda Friday to watch Gov. Terry Branstad sign a law giving them access to relief-providing cannabis oil that they didn't think was possible several months ago.

Iowa: Branstad Promises To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

San Francisco Chronicle

May 23rd, 2014
JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Friday he will sign a bill legalizing the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy but hasn't made a decision on legislation that could change the scope of greyhound racing in the state.

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle

May 14th, 2014
Initiative signature-gathering campaigns are underway in Arkansas and Ohio and about to get underway in Oklahoma, the future of San Jose dispensaries remains unsettled, Minnesota lawmakers meet to search for a conference committee compromise, and more. Let's get to it:

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle

May 7th, 2014
A bid to ease access to medical marijuana for vets failed in Congress, but not by much; California continues to grapple with local regulation issues, limited CBD medical marijuana bills continue to prove popular, a Washington state family can't use a medical marijuana defense for growing medical marijuana, and more. Let's get to it:

Iowa: Branstad Reserving Judgment On Medical Marijuana

San Francisco Chronicle

May 5th, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is reserving judgment on signing a bill to legalize the use of a form of marijuana oil to treat chronic epilepsy until he sees the legislation lawmakers passed.

Iowa: Advocates Launch Votemedicalmarijuana.Org To Track Voting Records For Individual Members Of Congress

Washington, D.C. -- The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) relaunched its VoteMedicalMarijuana.org website today, an interactive online tool that provides voting statistics and a report card for each Members of Congress. For example, the site provides details on yesterday's vote to allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to recommend medical marijuana for their patients. Although the amendment didn't pass, it received more "yes" votes from Congress than any other ...

Iowa: Maybe We Need To Legalize Marijuana

The Des Moines Register

April 28th, 2014
Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea for all states to legalize the use of marijuana. It might eliminate marijuana from being smuggled into the U.S., in turn, cutting down on other more deadly drugs from being smuggled into the U.S. from other countries.

Iowa: Senate Renews Effort To Legalize Medical Marijuana

The Modesto Bee

April 23rd, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa — A renewed effort to legalize the use of a form of marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy won bipartisan support Wednesday in the Iowa Senate.

Iowa: Iowa Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Oil Proposal

Sioux City Journal

April 23rd, 2014
DES MOINES | Iowans would be protected from prosecution for possessing a specific type of medical marijuana under legislation that moved through a Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

Iowa: Iowa Lawmakers Continue Push For Medical Marijuana

Times Union

March 24th, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Though the prospect of legalizing medical marijuana in Iowa is dead for this session, lawmakers continued to raise awareness about the drug's possible benefits Monday.

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Receives Strong Majority Support In Iowa

Huffington Post

March 17th, 2014
A high number of Iowa voters support medical marijuana, a new poll finds. According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Monday, 81 percent of Iowa’s registered voters support allowing the use of marijuana when it is prescribed by a doctor. Only 17 percent were opposed.

Iowa: Patients, Experts Tout Medical Marijuana Benefits

The Modesto Bee

March 5th, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa — Patients and medical experts told Iowa lawmakers Wednesday about the positive uses of medical marijuana, arguing the medical community and public could benefit from the drug.

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle

February 26th, 2014
The Epilepsy Foundation comes out in support of medical marijuana, the feds delay a PTSD study, CBD bills are popping up, and a battle over local dispensary bans looms in Oregon, and more. Let's get to it:

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Unlikely To Advance In Iowa

The Modesto Bee

February 18th, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill to legalize medical marijuana was introduced Tuesday in the Democratic-majority Iowa Senate, but supporters said it will not advance this year because of a lack of bipartisan support. Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, said he needs Republicans and Democrats from the state House and Senate to support the bill. So far, he said, the GOP members have shown little interest in publicly endorsing the legislation.