Medical marijuana legislation introduced in Iowa
Rep. Bruce Hunter (D – Des Moines) and Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D – Iowa City) introduced HF 22 and SF 79, companion bills that would create a medical marijuana program in Iowa. This sensible legislation would exempt patients in Iowa suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, severe pain and nausea, and other ailments from arrest and prosecution for using marijuana under their physicians’ recommendations. Patients or their caregivers would be able to grow their medicine or they could obtain it from a nonprofit dispensary.
Please email your state representative asking her or him to support medical marijuana. It’s time Iowa join the 18 states (and Washington, D.C.) that exempt medical use of marijuana from criminal law. It’s time to stop treating the seriously ill in Iowa like criminals!
Unfortunately, the same day that Rep. Hunter introduced a sensible proposal rooted in science, Gov. Terry Branstad (through the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy) introduced a proposal that simply ignores all that science has to tell him. His legislation, SSB 1029, would remove the power of the pharmacy board to allow medical use of marijuana.
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2010 Board of Pharmacy Ruling
In 2009-2010, MPP worked with Carl Olsen and Iowa Patients to lobby the Board of Pharmacy. Thank you to all who participated! You can watch the testimony here. On February 17, 2010, the Board of Pharmacy voted 6-0 to recognize marijuana’s medical value and to recommend that the legislature reschedule marijuana to only Schedule II. The public also supports medical marijuana. A February 2010 Seltzer & Co. Iowa poll found that 64% of Iowans support patient use of medical marijuana with a doctor's approval!
Are you a patient?
If you are supportive and are a medical professional, a seriously ill patient who might benefit from medical marijuana, a law enforcement official, a clergy member, or a member of the legal community, or you know someone else that is, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can be of special help. Please include your address or nine-digit ZIP code.
Learn more about Iowa’s marijuana laws
Iowa has harsh marijuana laws and arrested more than 6,800 people for marijuana offenses in 2007. First-offense possession of even a single joint is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, one of the most severe first offense penalties in the country. You can learn more about Iowa’s marijuana penalties and enforcement by reading this report by economist Jon Gettman, PhD.
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