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Medical cannabis veto override in Iowa is more than halfway to goal

This news story was published on June 25, 2019.
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DES MOINES – Iowans pushing to overturn Governor Reynold’s veto of medical cannabis reforms are more than halfway towards their goal of calling for a special session.

House File 732 would have made substantial improvements to Iowa’s “worst in the nation” medical cannabis law.  It was overwhelmingly approved in April by the Iowa House on a vote of 96 to 3 and by the Iowa Senate on a vote of 40 to 7.

A special session to override the veto will be held if two-thirds of the members of the House (67) and two-thirds of the Senate (34) each submit a written request.

As of Monday, June 24, Iowa’s 18 Democratic State Senators and 47 Democratic State Representatives have all either submitted or plan to submit a request for a special session.

It is unclear whether any of the Republicans who voted for the bill–50 in the House and 24 in the Senate–have requested a special session.

“The voices of ordinary Iowans have gotten us this far.  They need to keep fighting because that is the only way this mean-spirited veto will be overridden,” said Senator Joe Bolkcom.  “I urge every Iowan to encourage Republican legislators to defend their votes for urgently needed Iowa medical cannabis reforms.”

More information about the effort to pass Iowa medical cannabis reform can be found here:

Below is a list of the members of the Iowa House and Senate who voted for Iowa Medical cannabis and who have not yet expressed support for a special session to override the veto.

Sen Waylon Brown, (641)-590-0610,, St Ansgar


Sen Jake Chapman, (515)-650-3942,, Adel


Sen Chris Cournoyer, (563)-289-7335,, LeClaire


Sen Jeff Edler, (641)-751-5902,, State Center


Sen Thomas A. Greene, (319)-750-6579,, Burlington


Sen Dennis Guth, (641)-430-0424,, Klemme


Sen Craig Johnson, (319)-334-2413,, Independence


Sen Tim L. Kapucian, (319)-334-2413,, Keystone


Sen Carrie Koelker, (563)-590-5975,, Dyersville


Sen Tim Kraayenbrink, (515)-408-4770,, Fort Dodge


Sen Mark S. Lofgren, (563)-272-8683,, Muscatine


Sen Mariannette Miller-Meeks, (641)-683-7551,, Ottumwa


Sen Zach Nunn, (515)-519-2246,, Altoona


Sen Ken Rozenboom, (641)-295-6551,, Oskaloosa


Sen Charles Schneider, (515)-657-7375,, West Des Moines


Sen Jason Schultz, (712)-269-2178,, Schleswig


Sen Mark Segebart, (712)-269-4519,, Vail


Sen Tom Shipley, (712)-785-3583,, Nodaway


Sen Amy Sinclair, (641)-870-0199,, Allerton


Sen Roby Smith, (563)-386-0179,, Davenport


Sen Annette Sweeney, (641)-373-4899,, Alden


Sen Jack Whitver, (515)-281-3371,, Spirit Lake


Sen Brad Zaun, (515)-276-2025,, Urbandale


Sen Dan Zumbach, (563)-920-5094,, Ryan


Rep Robert P. Bacon, Not Listed,, Nevada


Rep Michael R. Bergan, (563)-380-3974,, Dorchester


Rep Brian Best, (712)-830-1844,, Glidden


Rep Jacob Bossman, (712)-251-4541,, Sioux City


Rep Holly Brink, (641)-295-7111,, Oskaloosa


Rep Gary L. Carlson, (563)-299-7021,, Muscatine


Rep Dave Deyoe, (515)-382-2352,, Nevada


Rep Cecil Dolecheck, (641)-464-2913,, Mount Ayr


Rep Dean Fisher, (641)-750-3594,, Montour


Rep Joel Fry, (641)-342-1017,, Osceola


Rep Tedd Gassman, (515)-538-0117,, Scarville


Rep Thomas D. Gerhold, (319)-361-2950,, Atkins


Rep Pat Grassley, (319)-214-0351,, New Hartford


Rep Chris Hagenow, (515)-274-1652,, Urbandale


Rep Mary Ann Hanusa, (712)-256-5159,, Council Bluffs


Rep Lee Hein, (319)-480-1997,, Monticello


Rep Ashley Hinson, Not Listed,, Marion


Rep Dustin D. Hite, Not Listed,, Not Listed


Rep Steven Holt, (712)-269-4042,, Denison


Rep Daniel Adair Huseman, (712)-434-5880,, Aurelia


Rep Jon Jacobsen, Not Listed,, Council Bluffs


Rep Tom Jeneary, (712)-539-1275,, Le Mars


Rep Megan Jones, (515)-991-7337,, Not Listed


Rep Bobby Kaufmann, Not Listed,, Wilton


Rep David Kerr, Not Listed,, Morning Sun


Rep Jarad Klein, Not Listed,, Keota


Rep John Landon, (515)-249-0348,, Ankeny


Rep Brian K. Lohse, (515)-519-2347,, Bondurant


Rep Shannon Lundgren, (515)-428-0809,, Not Listed


Rep David E. Maxwell, (641)-660-0792,, Gibson


Rep Ann Meyer, (515)-570-6610,, Fort Dodge


Rep Joe Mitchell, Not Listed,, Not Listed


Rep Gary M. Mohr, Not Listed,, Bettendorf


Rep Norlin G. Mommsen, (563)-357-9826,, DeWitt


Rep Tom Moore, Not Listed,, Griswold


Rep Anne Osmundson, (563)-880-8227,, Volga


Rep Ross C. Paustian, (563)-284-6783,, Walcott


Rep Sandy Salmon, (319)-987-3021,, Janesville


Rep Mike Sexton, (712)-830-3960,, Rockwell City


Rep Jeff Shipley, (319)-432-3108,, Fairfield


Rep David Sieck, Not Listed,, Glenwood


Rep Ray Sorensen, (712)-525-0580,, Not Listed


Rep Phil Thompson, Not Listed,, Not Listed


Rep Jon Thorup, (641)-891-9357,, Knoxville


Rep Linda L. Upmeyer, (641)-357-8807,, Clear Lake


Rep Skyler Wheeler, (712)-441-7444,, Not Listed


Rep John H. Wills, (712)-330-9492,, Spirit Lake


Rep Matt W. Windschitl, (712)-642-4334,, Missouri Valley


Rep Gary Worthan, (712)-732-6340,, Storm Lake


Rep Louis J. Zumbach, Not Listed,, Coggon


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2 Responses to Medical cannabis veto override in Iowa is more than halfway to goal

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    June 25, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Some Iowa politicians live in the “reefer madness” days. Give it up, its coming. Besides, why shouldn’t the state and its tax payers benefit from its sale. When it’s legal in this countries capitol, its hard to believe that every state hasn’t legalized it.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 26, 2019 at 8:39 am

      its to bad that federal legalization suffers from only ever being pushed by democrats, are republican candidates sostupid they actually think their base will leave them in the dark over pot? 2 out of 3 americans favor ending federal prohibition of marijuana. its almost as if this generation doesnt blindly accept laws…. almost as if we know damn well marijuana and heroin are not the same and shouldnt be scheduled as such. almost as if we are a smarter more compassionate generation that knows we need to over turn all marijuana convictions and restore lives and families as much as we can. like we are smart enough to realize booze is a killer drug makes people. almosgt as if our grandparents and some of our parents where brainwashed to think a “war on drugs” wasnt and isnt a war on people and freedoms. its just a revenue pull for leo and a running point for republicans. republicans need to get their heads out of their butts and understand that its time to end draconian drug law and end a prohibition that creates tons more harm than tolerance and acceptance. maybe we need to make sure you can only vote between the ages of 25 and 60 cuz kids and relics dont know what they are talking about and i think we suffer and dont progress because of the to young and to old.