Medical Marijuana, E-Cigarette Rules Among Laws Taking Effect

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.

IOWA:  A host of new laws are scheduled to take effect in Iowa on Tuesday. Here is a look at some of them. Medical Marijuana THE LAW: Iowa parents with children suffering from severe epilepsy will be able to access cannabis oil as a treatment option. WHAT IT DOES: The law legalizes the possession and medical use Read the full article…

Iowa Families Face Treacherous Trip To Get Cannabis Oil

A special marijuana review committee will decide if they recommend reclassifying marijuana to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy later this week.

IOWA: While the Iowa legislature has approved a bill to allow cannabis oil’s use for some patients, the oil will not be sold in Iowa. Families will be forced to drive to a state where it is available to get it. That means driving hundreds of miles likely to Colorado and then transporting it back through Read the full article…

Chairman of Iowa Republican Party: Time To Legalize Medical Marijuana

The Republican Party has allowed the focus to be placed on freedom as an ideal instead of freedom as an asset.

IOWA:  Today the Republican Party stands at a crossroads. Not one of taxes or war or school choice or the issues that get far more media coverage, but a crossroads of moral conscience. For most of us, medical marijuana isn’t a matter of life and death. For most of, this issue doesn’t concern us, doesn’t Read the full article…

New Iowa Poll: 59% Back Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Rich Studley of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce says businesses are in a “no-win situation.” He says employers would have to ignore marijuana use or else pay higher unemployment taxes if a fired worker collects unemployment aid.

IOWA: Most Iowans support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, a new Iowa Poll shows. But if proponents predict that Iowans soon will support allowing recreational use of the drug, you should ask what they’ve been smoking. Iowans’ views on the subject haven’t shifted in the past year, even as marijuana legalization campaigns have gained momentum elsewhere. Read the full article…

Iowa City Leaders Consider Change In Marijuana Arrest Policies

"I believe we should at least look very carefully whether they should be detained, arrested, incarcerated, etc., simply for possession and use of marijuana," said Throgmorton.

IOWA:  Iowa City officials are considering making a change to the city’s marijuana policing policy. City councilman Jim Throgmorton says racial disparity in marijuana arrests and the overcrowding at the Johnson County Jail are the reasons behind a possible change. “I believe we should at least look very carefully whether they should be detained, arrested, Read the full article…

Iowa Lawmaker Still Seeking Medical Marijuana Law

Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, says he will pursue legislation seeking to legalize medical marijuana in 2014.

IOWA: Legalizing medical marijuana will again be debated in the upcoming legislative session, though Iowa lawmakers have so far been loath to embrace a policy that is finding acceptance elsewhere. Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, says he will pursue legislation seeking to legalize medical marijuana in 2014. Bolkcom acknowledges similar efforts have failed Read the full article…

Architect Of New Mexico's Medical Marijuana Program Speaks Up On Behalf Of Iowa

“Whether people are positively inclined or negatively inclined toward medical cannabis, I believe that there is a certain inevitability to it,” Jenison said.

IOWA: The Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously in 2010 to recommend medical marijuana legalization for the state of Iowa. That same year, a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll indicated that 64 percent of Iowans support medical marijuana legalization with 33 percent in opposition. In the three year since, support for medical cannabis has slipped by six percentage Read the full article…