I have been closely watching Iowa ever since I co-founded this blog in 2010. The biggest reason is because early on in my blog pursuits, I met a guy online named Carl Olsen. Carl has been fighting for marijuana reform in Iowa for many, many decades. I have seen him do more as one person in an unfriendly marijuana state than probably any other person, in any other state. Recently a committee in Iowa voted to reschedule marijuana. Per The Joint Blog:
Iowa’s bipartisan, bicameral Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee has voted in support of legalizing the distribution and private cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. The committee also voted to recommend that the federal government and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy reschedule cannabis away from its current scheduling (schedule 1) which declares it as dangerous as heroin and other hard drugs.
The committee of five Republicans and five Democrats was established in response to a law which took effect in Iowa on July 1st; the law legalized the possession and use of cannabidiol for those with seizure disorders, though the law established no means for a patient to obtain the medicine legally.
The committee’s recommendation is not binding, so patient still have to wait for true medical marijuana to come to Iowa. I have long said that a CBD-only program is not a real medical marijuana program, especially if there is no way under the law to obtain it. If you live in Iowa, keep fighting for reform. Keep fighting for compassion until every patient that needs medical marijuana can safe access it and/or grow their own medicine.