Chance to Expand Iowa's Medical Marijuana Program Likely Dead in the State Legislature

Chance to Expand Iowa's Medical Marijuana Program Likely Dead in the State Legislature

Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer said she and the rest of the Republican caucus that controls the House are opposed to changing the current law.

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April 27, 2018

A final attempt to expand Iowa’s medical marijuana program appears to be dead in the Iowa legislature, after Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer said she and the rest of the Republican caucus that controls the House are opposed to changing the current law.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed a bill on Monday that would eliminate the cap on THC, an active ingredient in the cannabidiol that will go on sale in the state’s five licensed dispensaries in December, and allow doctors to prescribe cannabidiol for any patient they determine it might help. Currently the law caps the amount of THC at 3 percent, and doctors can only prescribe cannabidiol to treat seizure disorders and certain symptoms of cancer.

RELATED: Iowa Senate Bill Would Allow More Potent Medical Marijuana

Proponents of medical marijuana have been pushing the state to the lift or raise the THC cap and expand the conditions cannabidiol can be used to treat, as Holly Thayer reported in the most recent issue of Little Village.

Speaking earlier this week, Speaker Upmeyer said Iowa House Republicans did not want make any changes to the law without the recommendation of the Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board, which is charged with overseeing the state program

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