By Derrick Stanley
Lawmakers in Iowa passed legislation Saturday that would improve the state’s limited medical marijuana program, allowing in-state cultivation of plants with less than 3 percent THC and expanding the qualifying condition list.
The current law only allows CBD oil possession for epilepsy treatments, but it is set to expire in July.
If signed by Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, the low-THC cannabis oils produced in Iowa would be available to patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, AIDS and HIV, seizures, Chron’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and most terminal conditions with untreatable pain that have a life expectancy of less than one year.
The measure would also create a Medical Cannabidiol Advisory board that could issue recommendations to expand the qualifying conditions approved for medical cannabis use and has the authority to issue a recommendation to the legislature to raise the 3 percent THC limits.
Sen. Joe Bolkcom said that the plan approved early Saturday morning does little to help treat ailments covered by the measure.