MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Optimism From Lawmakers


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.


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