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

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 points according to a February 2013 Iowa Poll, and the Iowa legislature has yet to move forward on a bill. Governor Terry Branstad’s Office of Drug Control Policy has been levying its own rhetoric, meanwhile, defending marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I substance (i.e., a substance with no medical value and a high potential for abuse). [Read more…]