Iowa Legislature Approves Last-Minute Expansion of Medical Cannabis Oil Program

Iowa lawmakers struck a last-minute deal early Saturday morning to expand the state’s limited medical cannabis program, approving legislation that would allow marijuana to be grown in Iowa and dispensed as an oil to seriously ill patients.

“There are sick Iowans out there that need relief, bottom line,” said the bill’s floor manager, Rep. Jarad Klein, R-Keota.

The legislation, unveiled in the Iowa House about 3 a.m. and given final approval by the Senate at 7 a.m., was among the final bills passed by the General Assembly before lawmakers officially adjourned for the year.

“There are many, many citizens, literally thousands of citizens, that could benefit from the use of this medication,” said Rep. John Forbes, a Democrat and pharmacist from Urbandale. “They’ll have access now to a treatment for debilitating diseases that are not very well treated sometimes with conventional medicine.”

 

– Read the entire article at Des Moines Register.