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MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Optimism From Lawmakers

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Medicinal marijuana hasn’t gained much traction this legislative session but Iowa lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they’re optimistic something could come of all this discussion in the future.

“I think it’s a good thing the committees met and brought in people to help folks understand, I’m not sure the right people were in for that discussion but it at least paves the way for additional discussions,” says Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal.

“It’s not something we want to just dismiss but we also want to make sure that technically, we’re appreciating all the issues that go along with that topic, so we are looking at other states, what’s worked, what hasn’t worked,” says House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer.

A recent Des Moines Register survey showed a majority of Iowans approve of legalizing medical marijuana.


  • William Denison

    Vote out all those who will not respect the wishs of their voters. Iowa Republincans have managed to kick the Medicinal marijuana can further down the road and turn their backs on the sick and those in pain once again. Shame on all of you. Vote out Republincans!

    • None of your business

      At least it’s safe to say you’re not in congress. But you should have a good day anyway. :)

  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    Art Neu, a former Iowa Republican lieutenant governor and 12-year member of the Iowa Board of Corrections.

    “I don’t think people ought to be going to the penitentiary for marijuana,” Neu said. “I’d either decriminalize, it or I’d reduce it to some kind of a serious misdemeanor. I wouldn’t send anybody to one of our nine prisons on a marijuana conviction.”

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