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MEDICAL MARIJUANA: New Bill To Be Debated In 2014

Iowa lawmakers will again debate the controversial topic of medical marijuana in the upcoming session.

Joe Bolckom, a state senator from Iowa City, said he’s introduced bills on the issue four times in the past decade.

This time he says he’s taking an approach that passed in New Mexico in 2007.

“I think it’s pretty clear we need to have physician control in place to make sure access only goes to those with chronic, debilitating conditions,” said Senator Bolckom.

Bolckom will push two bills in 2014.

The first would classify marijuana as a form of medicine.  The second would create the program allowing medical access to the drug.

Only patients with confirmed debilitating illnesses by a doctor would be legally eligible.

In New Mexico, that includes certain types of cancer, spinal injuries, and PTSD.

Dr. Steven Jenison played a role in creating the bill in New Mexico.  He said 20 states have passed similar legislation creating a good model for Iowa.

“I think Iowa has the advantage of several states that have done something analogous to what Iowa would do if they want to start a program and the state can benefit from that experience,” Jenison said.

Senator Bolckom and Jenison will be speaking about the New Mexico program for medical marijuana on Monday in Des Moines.

The event will be held at the Des Moines Public Library starting at 6 p.m.

9 comments

  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    I would like to come back and give testimony like I have for the last 7+ years, I finally escaped the medical terrorists like Brandstad, Baudler and Lukan….none of them are doctors. I live healthy, free from arrest and incarceration in Colorado

    A Sensible Conversation about Medical Cannabis in Iowa – Monday December 2, 6:00-7:30 pm at the Des Moines Public Library, downtown, 1000 Grand Avenue.-

    The meeting will feature a presentation by the former Medical Director of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. Dr. Jenison will make a presentation on the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. In addition, several patients and family members will present their stories at the meeting. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the New Mexico program and about the status of advocacy efforts in Iowa.

    • Jim with tools

      To live with that true sence of freedom as a cannabis user most be a wonderful thing. Its funny how some americans have more freedoms and rights than other americans. I dislike this state and the way its being run.

  • Matt Med

    Former medical patient from The Great State of California here. After watching the first 10 minutes of the WHO broadcast at 9, i have to wonder this: Are they medicated? So many slip ups, “Marical Medijuana” Love you guys

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    from my lone state and mid 20% approval 20 years ago to now much of the country, world, and an almost 70% approval rating, WINNING…

    20 years behind us Iowa, sad and scary, hurry up to the big boy table

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

  • Hankster

    The funny thing about this whole debate it that no one will be smoking or useing anything in public. You would use your med at home like all your other meds.So its not like you can go to a casino and get ill from someones elses smoke. Wait a min…I guess still can.

  • Rick James

    As a verteran with PTSD and spinal injury, I would definitely benefit from the use instead of rotting away my liver with hydro-oxycode packed full opium that is way worse for your health. Please pass, so I can recover!

  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    Maria is Paralyzed……just Terrybull……

    from – Jimmy Morrison
    Branstad replies to medical marijuana patient’s story with a form letter about illegal immigration. Could he get any more incompetent? –

    Maria Smallow
    I recently emailed Gov. Terry Branstad regarding the issue of legalizing medical cannabis in Iowa. The following is the response that I received. Not very helpful. I asked him nothing about immigration. Please take a look: Terry E. Branstad OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Kim Reynolds GOVERNOR LT. GOVERNOR December 3, 2013 Maria Smallow 1108 South 3rd Street Fairfield, IA 52556-4011 I recently emailed Gov. Terry Branstad regarding the issue of legalizing medical cannabis in Iowa. The following is the response that I received. Not very helpful. I asked him nothing about immigration. Please take a look: Terry E. Branstad OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Kim Reynolds GOVERNOR LT. GOVERNOR December 3, 2013 Maria Smallow 1108 South 3rd Street Fairfield, IA 52556-4011

    Dear Maria, Thank you for contacting the Office of Governor Terry E. Branstad regarding your concerns about illegal immigration. Governor Branstad has been an active and vocal supporter of legal immigration and the opportunity to provide others the opportunity to live our American dream.

    Governor Branstad has, and will continue to, hold the deepest respect for the rule of law and believes we must actively enforce our existing federal immigration laws. The Governor is committed to working with the federal government, state and local authorities, and businesses located in Iowa to ensure that federal laws are enforced. Again, thank you for contacting our office. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns. Sincerely, Office of the Governor Cord Overton, Policy Advisor Dear Maria, Thank you for contacting the Office of Governor Terry E. Branstad regarding your concerns about illegal immigration. Governor Branstad has been an active and vocal supporter of legal immigration and the opportunity to provide others the opportunity to live our American dream. Governor Branstad has, and will continue to, hold the deepest respect for the rule of law and believes we must actively enforce our existing federal immigration laws. The Governor is committed to working with the federal government, state and local authorities, and businesses located in Iowa to ensure that federal laws are enforced. Again, thank you for contacting our office.

    lease feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns. Sincerely, Office of the Governor Cord Overton, Policy Advisor

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