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Iowa Medical marijuana Expansion legislation Approved by Lawmakers

May 2, 2019

Iowa Medical marijuana Expansion legislation Approved by Lawmakers

An important piece of legislation - the House File 732 finally got the approval from both the House and Senate Lawmakers. The legislation (House File - 732) is aimed at expanding the state's medical cannabis access program. The Republican Governor Kim Reynolds still to act on this important piece of legislation.

It should be noted that the current state laws allow the licensed dispensaries to only provide plant-derived extracts possessing no more than 3% THC in addition to CBD to the qualified patients. The new legislation, however, eliminates that THC cap. In addition to this, the new legislation also permits advanced registered nurses and/or physician assistants to prescribe/recommend the use of medical cannabis to those suffering from "severe or chronic" pain. It also allows advanced registered nurses and/or physician assistants to expand the pool of qualified patients.

Although the new measure restricts that total amount of THC (not more than 25 grams) a qualified patient may possess in a 90-day period, however on the recommendations of a qualified health practitioner, this limit may be waived. The current statistics suggest that about 1,000 Iowans are currently authorized to access low-level THC cannabis oils.

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