Medical Marijuana

Iowa: Regulators approve adding PTSD as qualifying condition

Ask your lawmakers to support a comprehensive medical marijuana program!

On Friday, November 1, the board that oversees Iowa’s low-THC medical cannabis program recommended adding PTSD and intellectual disability with aggression to the program’s list of qualifying conditions. Now, the Iowa Board of Medicine must agree with these additions before they are added.

Expanding the list of qualifying conditions is an important victory for some patients. Unfortunately, the board rejected adding opioid dependency and Alzheimer’s disease as qualifying conditions.

Please ask your legislators to ensure that as many patients as possible who could benefit from medical marijuana have access!

The board also recommended that state legislators replace the current three percent THC potency cap with a purchasing limit of 4.5 grams of THC over 90 days. Removing the THC cap would significantly improve Iowa’s medical cannabis program, which is currently leaving most seriously ill Iowans behind.

It’s time for Iowa to have a comprehensive medical marijuana program. Take action by emailing your lawmakers today. Then, forward this message to your friends and family in Iowa and encourage them to do the same.

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Medical Marijuana

Iowa: Encourage regulators to add PTSD as a qualifying condition at Nov. 1 meeting!

Ask your lawmakers to support a comprehensive medical cannabis program.

On Friday, November 1, the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board will decide whether to add PTSD as a qualifying condition under the state's low-THC medical cannabis program.

If you are a patient suffering from PTSD or a supportive medical professional, don't miss this opportunity to voice your support. You can find more information on PTSD and medical cannabis programs here.

If you can't attend the meeting, or if you want to send comments in writing, you can email your comments to the Board at medical.cannabidiol@idph.iowa.gov in advance of the meeting.

You can also attend the meeting in person. The public will have the opportunity to comment at the start of the meeting.

When: Friday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa Laboratory Facility – 2240 DMACC Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023

Please also write your lawmakers and ask them to support a comprehensive medical marijuana program. Unfortunately, by limiting patients to low-THC cannabis, Iowa's current program is leaving the vast majority of those who could benefit from medical cannabis behind.

Together, we can help Iowa patients access the medicine they deserve.

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Medical Marijuana

Iowa: PTSD patients needed to weigh in at Nov. 1 board meeting!

Ask your lawmakers to support a comprehensive medical marijuana program!

The Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board, which is charged with adding qualifying medical conditions to Iowa's low-THC medical cannabis program, will be meeting Friday, November 1.

If you are a patient suffering from PTSD, please consider attending the meeting to voice your support for adding PTSD as a qualifying condition.

When: Friday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa Laboratory Facility – 2240 DMACC Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023

Patients, don't miss this opportunity to have your voices heard. You can find more information on PTSD and medical-cannabis programs here. Supportive medical professionals are also encouraged to attend.

Please also write your lawmakers and ask them to support a comprehensive medical marijuana program. Unfortunately, by limiting patients to low-THC cannabis, Iowa's current program is leaving the vast majority of those who could benefit from medical cannabis behind.

Together, we can help Iowa patients access the medicine they deserve.

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Medical Marijuana

Iowa: Gov. Reynolds vetoes medical marijuana expansion

Late last week, Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed HF 732, a bill that would have dramatically improved Iowa's medical marijuana program, including by allowing patients to use cannabis with the amounts of THC that works for them. The bill originally passed overwhelmingly in the House and Senate.

Patients in Iowa are suffering, and Gov. Reynolds has exacerbated their pain. It's inexcusable to withhold medicine that we know helps patients.

Contact Gov. Reynolds today and tell her "Shame on you for hurting Iowa patients!" You can shoot her an email through our automated system, or post to her Twitter or Facebook page. Remember not to say anything that is abusive, as that will only hurt our efforts.

After contacting the governor, email Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer. Speaker Upmeyer refuses to bring the legislature back in session to override the governor's veto. Click here and tell Speaker Upmeyer to "Bring the legislature back to help Iowa patients."

Take action and then forward this email to your friends and family. It's time for Iowa to have a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

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Medical Marijuana

Iowa Legislature sends medical marijuana expansion to the governor

If you live in Iowa, contact Gov. Kim Reynolds today to ask her to sign HF 732.

Just before the Iowa Legislature’s session adjourned on Saturday, the Senate passed a bill to expand Iowa’s nascent medical marijuana program. It now heads to Gov. Kim Reynold’s desk.

Contact Gov. Reynolds today to ask her to support Iowa’s medical marijuana patients.

The bill — HF 732 — would remove the three percent cap of THC in medical marijuana products and instead institute a per-person limit of 25 grams every 90 days. It would also expand the patient pool by allowing additional health professionals such as nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants to recommend medical marijuana. Finally, it would relax a restrictive definition of which pain patients can qualify.

These changes would significantly improve Iowa’s medical marijuana program, so please contact Gov. Reynolds today. After you have contacted her, please spread the word by forwarding this email to friends and family or by sharing the action link on social media.

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Medical Marijuana

Expand Iowa's medical marijuana program

If you're an Iowa resident, ask your lawmakers to expand Iowa's medical marijuana program today.

Two bills to expand Iowa's low-THC medical marijuana program are working their way through the Iowa Legislature and have passed some important hurdles. On Wednesday, committees voted in favor of bills (SF 501 and HSB 244) that would make numerous positive changes to Iowa's medical marijuana program. The much-welcomed reforms include:

  • Removing the three percent THC cap on medical marijuana products;
  • Allowing more health professions to recommend medical marijuana; and
  • Adding PTSD as a qualifying condition and expanding the definition of untreatable pain so more patients can qualify for medical marijuana.

There is a chance these bills could pass, but not without your support. According to a poll sponsored by the Des Moines Register, 78% of Iowa adults want the state to expand its medical marijuana program. Please ask your lawmakers today to support these changes to the medical marijuana program in Iowa. Together, we can help Iowa patients access the medicine they deserve.

 

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Medical Marijuana

Iowa: Medical marijuana sales begin; reforms still needed

On Saturday, December 1, Iowa’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened to the public. MedPharm opened in Windsor and will sell low-THC oil to qualifying patients. Unfortunately, MedPharm may only sell medical marijuana oil, and the oil may not contain more than three percent THC.

While this reform is an important victory for some patients, most seriously ill Iowans will be left behind. Many patients find greater amounts of THC are crucial to the relief they need from their medical conditions, and this severely limited program does not go far enough.

Iowa patients deserve better. Please email your lawmakers and ask them to support a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

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Medical Marijuana

Iowa: Medical marijuana regulators vote to keep the THC cap, add autism

Urge your lawmakers to support a comprehensive medical marijuana program!

On Friday, November 2, the board that oversees Iowa’s medical marijuana program voted unanimously against recommending legislators to remove the current 3% THC limit on products.

Additionally, the board voted to recommend that the state add autism to the list of qualifying conditions, but rejected expanding the program to add ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and ganglioglioma.

Unfortunately, Iowa’s low-THC approach leaves behind thousands of patients who could benefit from medical marijuana.

Please ask your legislators to ensure that as many patients as possible who could benefit from medical marijuana have access!

Check out our full summary of Iowa’ low-THC program here. Five dispensaries across the state will be open to registered patients on December 1. You can also find a wealth of information on medical marijuana here.

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Medical Marijuana

Iowa: November 6 is General Election Day

The Iowa general election is fast approaching. The deadline to register online is October 27. You can also register and vote on Election Day!

Here’s a look at where gubernatorial candidates stand on marijuana reform: Fred Hubbell (D) is supportive of expanding medical marijuana, while Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said she “would support the process that’s already in place” that allows a board to make certain expansions to the existing low-THC program. You can find more information on Iowa’s current marijuana policies here.

For more information on voting, including registration and where you can cast your ballot, check out the state’s website.

Please forward this to your friends and family in Iowa, and be sure to vote!

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Prohibition

Penalty Reduction Bill Introduced in Iowa

The Iowa Legislature is back in session, and there is renewed hope for common-sense marijuana policy reform. Last week, a Senate subcommittee recommended passage of SF 432, a bill that would reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. The bill would change the penalty for first offense possession of marijuana under five grams from a serious misdemeanor to a simple misdemeanor.

The bill, though not perfect, would be a step in the right direction for Iowa. You see, the Iowa Legislative Services Agency studied the bill and reported that this reform would result in “considerable fewer jail admissions” and “savings to local governments.”

The fiscal note also detailed how marijuana prohibition disproportionately affects the African American community. In FY 2016, 18% of the persons convicted for first-offense marijuana possession were African American, yet African Americans only make up 3.5% of the Iowa population and have nearly equal marijuana usage rates as white Iowans.

If you are an Iowa resident, please ask your lawmakers to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession.

 

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