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MARIJUANA BILL: Majority Doesn’t Always Rule

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A new Des Moines Register Iowa Polls show the majority of residents think lawmakers should take action in two areas: raise the minimum wage and legalize medical marijuana. But that doesn't mean lawmakers will.

In fact, it appears lawmakers will pass neither measure this legislature. If that proves true, it shows just because a majority wants something that doesn't mean it will happen.

"Sometimes there's polls you agree with and don't agree with," said Senator Joe Bolkcom, an Iowa City Democrat. He added, "But at the end of the day, individual members are elected to do their best and make their best judgment about these kinds of issues."

Bolkcom agrees with the majority of Iowans on both issues. But he said he has stood against the majority on an issue like legalizing the death penalty.

Meanwhile, Representative Rob Taylor, a West Des Moines Republican, knows his party hasn't endorsed raising the minimum wage. But Taylor points out, he can't just follow what the majority of the state wants, he has to consider what the people in his home district want.

Taylor said, "It's pretty straightforward for me. Sometimes they align; sometimes they don't. But I have to remember the people who elected me in home district 44 (his district). More times than not, they have a similar feelings and opinions as I do."

Republicans, as a whole, have not stood up against legalizing medical marijuana. But none is pushing the issue as a sponsor.


  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    the best thing I did for my health was moving to Colorado. No more sleepless nights ….Here in Colorado the police and law protect my rights as a state registered medical marijuana patient….cannabis prohibition is coming to and end one state at a time….whether it be Benton Benton Mackenzie , Maria Smallow ,George McMahon of Livermore IA who had been getting a can of 300 joints a year from the Government…myself and all the patients who came forward in 2009…now being proven to be very beneficial for autism and epileptic seizures for these young children…still nothing but medical terrorism from Clel Baudler and Lukan…politicians and police are not Doctors…I moved DMR ,maybe you should send a reporter here and do a story…I know 10+ Iowans alone who have moved here to CO Springs over last 5 years…I got here in June 2013…

    • William Denison

      King Terry rules the media here. If its not a feel good story of some GI jumping out of a box to surprize his kid at a school its not a news story for Iowa. If it ever does happen make sure the reporter sits down with you and burn one together during the interveiw. I’d love to see some young intern reporter get stoned on air.

  • JPenny

    As far as marijuana goes, Governor Branstead has already stated that it will never happen while he is in office. There is an easy fix for that….

  • William Denison

    I myself don’t need some simpleton in any office telling me how to live my life. Not alone by those who know that they are wrong . Vote out these goons.

  • caliboss

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

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    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, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…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…

    Average spent per inmate a year = $31,286 (profit and police over people)
    Average spent per student a year = $10,605 (dumber and more in debt, each one of us is liable for around $40,000 of rising American debt)

    love and freedom forever


  • Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let’s have the compassion to allow them to have it.

    Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

    Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

    Support Medical Marijuana Now!

    “[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.” — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, “Federal Foolishness and Marijuana,” editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

    “[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications.” — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

    “[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate.” — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

    “Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.” — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

    “The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses’ Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine.” — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

    “[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use.” — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, “Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” 1995

    “When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug.” — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

    “[The LFA] urges Congress and the President to enact legislation to reschedule marijuana to allow doctors to prescribe smokable marijuana to patients in need … [and] urges the US Public Health Service to allow limited access to medicinal marijuana by promptly reopening the Investigational New Drug compassionate access program to new applicants.” — Lymphoma Foundation of America, January 20, 1997

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