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Medical cannabis bill passes Iowa Senate


This news story was published on April 18, 2017.
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DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that allows some sick Iowans to use medical cannabis.

The Iowa Senate passed, on a 45-5 vote, SF506, dubbed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. Democrats say the bill would help for Iowans with cancer and debilitating conditions. The reclassifies marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, from a schedule I controlled substance to a schedule II controlled substance.

Those with a debilitating medical condition approved for use of medical cannabis will need to carry a valid medical cannabis registration card in order to transport the substance.

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If the bill passes the Republican-led House and is signed by the Governor, the state of Iowa would license manufacturers to “possess, cultivate, transport or supply medical cannabis” and then the drug would have to be picked up at a licensed dispensary.

The smoking of marijuana is banned in the bill, but the following diseases or medical conditions are covered for patients to pursue use of medical marijuana:

  • Cancer (if the underlying condition or treatment produces  one or more of the following: Intractable pain, Nausea or severe vomiting; Cachexia or severe wasting
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy or seizure disorders
  • AIDS or HIV
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Any terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of under one year, if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: intractable pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting
  • Intractable pain
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (type I and II)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Polyarteritis nodosa

Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom says the final outcome of the bill hinges on Clear Lake Republican Representative Linda Upmeyer.

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“In 2015, the Iowa Senate approved a comprehensive Medicaid cannabis program by a one-vote margin with the support of 25 Democrats and one Republican. Today, similar legislation was approved by a vote of 45 to 5. The support is there in the Iowa House to pass this bill if House Speaker Linda Upmeyer allows it to come up for a vote. Twenty-nine states already have comprehensive medical cannabis laws. Iowans who want access to effective medicines should call House Speaker Upmeyer as soon as possible.”

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30 Responses to Medical cannabis bill passes Iowa Senate

  1. Janice Tollis (@TollisJanice) Reply Report comment

    July 13, 2017 at 1:38 am

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  2. April Philip Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2017 at 8:03 am

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  3. April Philip Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2017 at 8:02 am

    With ALS,(amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) my first sign that something was wrong, was my slurred speech. And then the inability to eat without getting choked, strangled, and coughing. I didn’t have health care I just thought it was a stroke, When it started to get worse I went to a neurologist. I was given medications like riluzole oral to slow down the progress of the disease, nothing was really working to help my condition. Finally i started on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis herbal formula i purchased from Health Herbal Clinic, i read alot of positive reviews from other patients who used the ALS herbal treatment. I used the herbal remedy for 7 weeks, its effects on ALS is amazing, all my symptoms gradually faded away, i feed very more freely by myself now! (Visit www. healthherbalclinic. weebly. com or email at healthherbalclinic@ gmail. com) I recommend this ALS herbal formula for all ALS Patients.

  4. bodacious Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Center for Disease Control numbers of deaths per year in the USA

    * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
    * Tobacco: 390,323
    * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
    * Cocaine: 4,906
    * Heroin: 7,200
    * Aspirin: 466
    * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
    * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      There might not be any fatal overdoses, but there is a lot of damage caused by pot smoking. Not to mention the accidents cause due to pot heads. Then of course there are the memory problems, heart and lung problems that they are just now discovering. I have no problem with medical marijuana except it is abused by a lot of people who claim to have problems. I do have a problem with creating more brain dead people on the streets that do nothing but smoke pot and steal.

      • Black Kettles Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        I have never, ever heard of a someone stealing for their next pot fix. Meth – yep, opioids – yep, weed – no. Just do the best to keep it out the hands of children and we’ll all be fine.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

          Go t Colorado and ask them. It happens all the time there.

          • Anonymous

            April 22, 2017 at 12:39 am

            Wow you are so uneducated LVS. You have no idea what the hell you are talking about on this matter and you look like a bigger fool then you usually do. By the way my first sentence is just a nice way to say you are very stupid. You should learn to keep your trap shut on matters you know nothing about, of course that would be most matters in general.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2017 at 12:50 am

    It may help me for instance. I have health issues from being in desert storm. But it may be safer than strong pain meds.

    • bodacious Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      It is eons safer than the opioids which are what much of the pain medication are. We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic because big pharma is making a great deal of money from the sale of opioid. Once they can get their greedy hands on the the marijuana industry, Upmeyer, KIng, Trump, Sessions and the rest of the fear mongers will jump on the bandwagon and tell us they always knew it was safe and effective. But when they do get involved, watch the price escalate to a place where we will think the cartels were back in the pot business. In reality, big pharma is a cartel.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

        They will add taxes and fees to this just like they have in other states. Pretty soon they will not be able to afford this unless they steal to support it or buy it illegally on the streets.

        • Anonymous...... Reply Report comment

          April 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm

          Do you ever have anything positive to add to the discussion?

          • Anonymous

            April 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

            I will post what I please Anonymous…..TROLL.

        • bodacious Reply Report comment

          April 19, 2017 at 9:39 pm

          Do you know in those other states that allow only medical marijuana that one must have a prescription from a doctor to purchase. Many insurance companies allow it as a covered medicine. So, that means all those taxes and fees will be charged to the insurance companies other clients just like they do now with all drugs. And our government allows it and that is why an antibiotic in Canada costs a heck of a lot less than it does here.

          • Anonymous

            April 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

            So, what do the people with no insurance or high deductible’s do? They buy it on the streets from the cartels and then we have a real problem.

          • bodacious

            April 21, 2017 at 12:30 pm

            They don’t buy from cartels. Cartels are pouring money into the anti-legalization coffers. They don’t want it legalized because it cuts into their business and they have to lower their prices.

          • Anonymous

            April 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm

            bodacious, you make too much sense and intelligent commentary for some on this site to comprehend.
            But I applaud your efforts.

          • bodacious

            April 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

            Thanks. I realize that I am tilting at windmills but I just can’t let some of the ignorance I see on here go unchallenged. I persist.

          • Anonymous

            April 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

            A lot of the ignorance you see on here is from LVS. He is one of the most uneducated guy I have ever seen. Most people that think they know everything actually know very little and LVS fits the mold to a T.

          • Anonymous

            April 22, 2017 at 9:22 am

            ^ Agreed. Larry is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 20, 2017 at 10:15 am

          Dribble Dribble Dribble down your chin.

  6. Don't have google Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Is it possible to add the phone number Iowans should call? Very informative article just missing that one little component.

  7. Just My Opinion Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2017 at 11:51 am

    The three worst legislators in our state: Steve King, Linda Upmeyer, & Gov Branstad. The majority of Iowans (by far) want medical marijuana. These three people are supposed to work for their constituents. It’s time they listened!

    • Allen

      Allen Reply Report comment

      April 18, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      They’re probably not getting any kick backs off of it, yet.

  8. LVS

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

    If this helps people they should approve it.

  9. Who dey Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Permission from the oligarchs not needed for me. I’ll keep using medical marijuana for anxiety and depression no matter what the legal status because for me, it works.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      th reason you have anxiety and depression is BECAUSE you smoke the weed, you are an idiot

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm

        You should really educate yourself before you start calling people idiots. In states where medical marijuana is legal they prescribe it for anxiety all the time.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

          they never stated that a doctor had prescribed the treatment. idiot

          • Anonymous

            April 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm

            Does it still hurt to sit down??