Iowa Medical Marijuana News

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.

Iowa: Pot Laws Need Legislative Action

Quad City Times

December 22nd, 2013
The Iowans who told their medical marijuana stories to Quad-City Times readers in the Dec. 15 editions seem to come from a planet wholly unfamiliar to our region’s top drug officers. Times reporter Brian Wellner interviewed seven Iowans who were adamant that marijuana smoke, vapors, tincture and ointment are easing symptoms from verifiable illnesses that FDA-approved, opium-derived medications cannot. We reported on military veterans and the mothers of seriously ill toddlers who sought ...

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle

December 4th, 2013
Arkansas Baptists reject medical marijuana, and so do some California communities. New Jersey's governor mouths off, and Illinois and Massachusetts communities move to regulate soon-to-arrive medical marijuana businesses. Let's get to it:

Iowa: Panel Discusses Medicinal Marijuana Options For Iowa

WCF Courier

November 13th, 2013
WATERLOO | Family of Maggie Selemski, a toddler with a seizure disorder whose parents have turned to medical marijuana, traveled to Waterloo on Tuesday to right some misconceptions about the controversial substance.

Iowa: Iowa Man May Attempt Medical Marijuana Defense

KCRG News

September 29th, 2013

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The criminal case against an eastern Iowa man for growing marijuana highlights the arguments for the medical use of marijuana.

Scott County prosecutors say 47-year-old Benton Mackenzie is a drug dealer who had 71 marijuana plants in his house.

But the Quad-City Times reports Mackenzie suffers from terminal cancer and says he relies on marijuana to treat his illness.

Iowa: Man May Attempt Medical Marijuana Defense

San Francisco Chronicle

September 29th, 2013

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The criminal case against an eastern Iowa man for growing marijuana highlights the arguments for the medical use of marijuana.

Scott County prosecutors say 47-year-old Benton Mackenzie is a drug dealer who had 71 marijuana plants in his house.

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Heads For Trial In Iowa

Quad City Times

September 29th, 2013

Court records portray Benton Mackenzie as a career drug dealer, with pot-growing arrests in 2010 and this year.

Medical records confirm the 47-year-old suffers from terminal cancer. Painful, cancerous growths pepper his rear end, and the only relief he found is from marijuana Scott County deputies seized from his Long Grove home.

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Bill Lacks Support In The Iowa Senate

KHQA News

March 5th, 2013
DES MOINES, IOWA (AP) -- A Senate subcommittee approved a medical marijuana bill Monday, but the panel's chairman, Iowa City Sen. Joe Bolkcom, says the proposal likely won't go further because there isn't support for it in a full committee.

Iowa: Capitol Digest - Medical Marijuana, Business Court, Dietary Guidelines

WCF Courier

March 5th, 2013

Smoke, no fire: Legislation to legalize medicinal use of marijuana was approved by a Senate subcommittee Monday, but likely will go no further this year.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said SF 79 lacks support in the full Human Services Committee. A similar bill already has been quashed in the House.

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Bill Likely Dead For This Year

The Gazette

March 4th, 2013

UPDATE: An Iowa Senate subcommittee on Monday approved a bill legalizing medical marijuana, but a key supporter said the proposal likely is dead in the Legislature for this session.

Although the human resources subcommittee passed the measure 2-1, panel chairman Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said there isn’t support to approve it in the full committee. A House subcommittee rejected a similar bill in January.

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Bill Goes Up In Smoke Inside Iowa Senate

Indianapolis Star

March 4th, 2013
A bill to legalize medical marijuana was declared dead Monday in the Iowa Senate amid pleas from several marijuana users who told personal stories of relief, but opposition mounted because of public safety worries and the possible unauthorized use by minors.