Iowa Medical-Marijuana Proponent Dies Of Cancer

Tassin contended that many other medications doctors prescribe routinely are vastly more dangerous than marijuana.

IOWA: One of Iowa’s clearest voices on behalf of legalized medical marijuana has died before she could see her efforts succeed. Lori Tassin, 44, of Des Moines was a regular presence at the Statehouse last spring, button-holing legislators and testifying about why she and other ill Iowans should have the right to try marijuana. She died Friday of Read the full article…

How Much Does Marijuana Impact Your Driving?

A rigorous federal research study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers new data on the effects of marijuana on driving performance.

IOWA:  A rigorous federal research study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers new data on the effects of marijuana on driving performance. The exact impact of marijuana on driving ability is a controversial subject—and it’s become more important states continue to loosen their drug laws. And, while drunk driving is on the decline Read the full article…

Posters Claim Marijuana Shop Opening In Iowa, Property Owners Say No

Iowa Marijuana Company posters says it will be opening in Cedar Rapids or in Iowa City.

IOWA:  Pictures came into our newsroom, showing Iowa Marijuana Company posters at a Cedar Rapids building, but when we checked it out, they were gone. “One of our former employees said ‘have you seen the signs on the front of your building,’” said John Wasta, one of the building’s owners. The building’s owners took the Read the full article…

Iowa’s Medical Marijuana Program Creates “Extra Burdens” For Families, Critics Say

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:  Patients with severe epilepsy appreciate the medical cannabis oil program that Iowa lawmakers approved earlier this year — but they say its provisions create significant hurdles for those who want to use the program. “I’d like to see the process made easier for the families,” Mount Vernon resident Keith Andrews said Tuesday. “They’re going Read the full article…

Iowa Women’s Group Pushes For Marijuana Reform

Marijuana awareness focusing on law reform was hosted by the Iowa NORML Women’s Alliance

IOWA:  West Liberty resident Dawn King says legalized medical marijuana could make a big difference in helping her treat chronic pain from spinal stenosis. King attended an awareness event focused on Iowa’s marijuana laws that was hosted by the Iowa NORML Women’s Alliance today and said she experiences a great deal of pain from spinal Read the full article…

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…