IOWA: Limited use of medical marijuana is legal in Iowa thanks to a law enacted earlier this year. Medical marijuana advocates are not satisfied, however, and continue to press for expansion of that law and other legal changes.
With the 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature looming, advocates continue to push for measures that would loosen the restrictions on the use of marijuana or its derivatives in medical treatments. One movement calls for expansion of the new law, and another calls for a change in marijuana’s legal classification.
Such changes would require action at the state Capitol, where lawmakers return to action in a couple of months under the same split-control leadership as the past two years.
“The governor believes the state needs to exercise caution and diligently analyze the issue,” Jimmy Centers, a spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad, said in an email. “Should reclassification and/or expansion of cannabidiol use pass both chambers of the Iowa Legislature, the governor would carefully review the bill.”