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FAMILIES FIGHT: Medical Marijuana Bills Fails

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Iowa parents pled with lawmakers Tuesday to allow a bill legalizing medical marijuana to advance to a hearing but it hit a few road blocks along the way.

We first introduced you to Maria La France and her 12-year old son Quincy last week.

Quincy started having seizures when he was 5-months-old and pharmaceuticals haven't worked or increased his symptoms.

“Sick Iowans do not know they need medical cannabis until it is too late until their lives are already destroyed,” says La France.

La France joined other families and lawmakers to discuss a bill that would create a medical marijuana program in Iowa; however it failed to advance because of a lack of bipartisan support.

“The simple truth is no Republican lawmaker was willing to sign onto legislation that would give even one Iowan medicines used in 20 other states,” says Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom.

But parents are not giving up.

“We`re going to keep working diligently between now and the next legislative session to try to get a medical cannabis bill passed,” says West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer.

Gaer's daughter, 24-year-old Margaret suffers from Dravet Syndrome.  It’s a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.

Margaret is currently on a waiting list for Charlotte’s Web, an oil based marijuana made in Colorado for children with seizures.

Gaer says although he loves West Des Moines, the family has considered moving to get their daughter the medicine she needs.

“I think that if it was something that was really going to help her, I owe it to her as her Dad to do that, and I’m hoping that`s not the case but I think as a parent you want the best for your children and if it would help Margaret her quality of life then I owe it to her to do that,” says Gaer.

Republicans failed to support the bill but Republican Rep. Rob Taylor says the ball is rolling.

“I`m very supportive of looking into how we should use medical cannabis,” says Rep. Taylor.

Supporters of the bill say they plan to spend the rest of the session educating lawmakers on the benefits of medical marijuana and plan to reintroduce similar legislation next year.


  • Bart

    save lives & legalize – marijuana demonstrates cancer prevention:

    An in vitro study of the effect of CBD on programmed cell death in breast cancer cell lines found that CBD induced programmed cell death, independent of the CB1, CB2, or vanilloid receptors. CBD inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines, inducing apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner while having little effect on nontumorigenic, mammary cells.[18]

    CBD has also been demonstrated to exert a chemopreventive effect in a mouse model of colon cancer.[19] In the experimental system, azoxymethane increased premalignant and malignant lesions in the mouse colon. Animals treated with azoxymethane and CBD concurrently were protected from developing premalignant and malignant lesions. In in vitro experiments involving colorectal cancer cell lines, the investigators found that CBD protected DNA from oxidative damage, increased endocannabinoid levels, and reduced cell proliferation.

  • Bo Kruse

    Why dont we put it on a ballot. I am tired of the pols narrow mindedness.
    It is their shortsightedness that does not let the state of Iowa prosper in many ways.It is not a Republican state or a Democrat state, it is a Democracy state,,,,

  • Kathy Boe

    How many years have we known the medical benefits of cannabis–20? I think it’s the negative rap it’s gotten from recreational use that keeps minds closed to it!

  • Rebecca Hergert

    Why don’t these family’s QUIT WASTING THEIR TIME on the news yaking for our Laws makers to pass this bill.

  • Suzanne Alicia Adams

    Leave your home, jobs, and families behind is not a valid solution to this problem. This is their homes, people, they shouldn’t have to relocate and may not be able to afford relocation.

    I can’t wait for the Republican party to die out

  • Adam

    Seems like republicans are becoming increasingly marginalized each year. They are on the wrong side of so many issues. From immigration reform, gay rights, environment, affordable health care, and marijuana laws. Their only good point is being fiscally conservative, but in name only. Reagan, and the two Bushes racked up huge debts, but Clinton and Obama have worked hard to get our economies on strong footings. Republics don’t really stand for anything except impeding progress. They are the party of NO! They never even propose alternatives. Just NO! Their days are numbered. They are way out of touch with mainstream America.

    • James Hart

      This is the biggest problem. Those who still see government as Democrat vs Republican. They’re all the same with a different name. Also, praising Obama on his spending?? Seriously? Most debt incurred by any former president. But that is the script that they want you to buy into. R vs D.

      Legalize the marijuana already Iowa! Missouri is pushing to be the next state to legalize. Even more revenue that our neighbors to the south can take from Iowa. Smh

      • Tom Smalley

        Big pharma doesn’t want to lose out in treating with synthetics. Applaud all of the states that have approved medical cannabis. 75 years of paranoia pot propaganda has warped the minds of a few that know nothing about this medicinal plant.

  • Troy Hendrickson

    Funny, Branstad and his corrupt cronies have been forcing Iowans to subsidize their booze for decades, in fact Iowa tax payers were forced to subsidize the deaths of the couple Eric Branstad murdered driving drunk.

  • Matthew

    Small minded Republicans siding with Branstad. Where’s your loyalty to the people who voted for you to represent them instead of for your political agenda?

  • Jon smith

    I would love to hear there b.s. answers to way not. probably heard how Colorado was doing so “bad” by a duck hunter.

  • It will change.

    See what happenes if/when one of their Kids or grandkids is sick and needs it…I bet it will change then.

  • William Denisaon

    This headline comes from another news station today.
    In wake of deaths, synthetic drug retailers still one step ahead of FDA.

    Iowa Republincans are the reason for this. THEY are killing our kids.

  • William Denison

    Why will Iowa republincans give jobs to drug cartels,synthetic drug retailers, criminals off the steet etc but not to just hard working people from Iowa who will pay taxs, rent buildings and pay overhead and ID the people who are buying keeping it away from kids?

  • Immortal Illumined

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

    marijuana is California’s #1 crop with 1000s of uses, yet it’s illegal in the backwards USA, half my family and friends have grown for generations for a rapidly growing estimated 15 billion dollar cali crop..

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, and 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and IOWA, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not one

    love and freedom forever


  • Sergio McGeez

    Good for the family. Very happy for all the families that moved there, finally their kids can get the medicine they need and not something made in a lab. Remember kids the government is here to help and protect you.

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