Gov. Terry Branstad says legalizing medical marijuana won’t become a law this year.
“I understand and empathize with the families, members that are suffering from various ailments that they think would be benefitted from this. But I also know there are unintended consequences to these things,” says Branstad.
On Monday, Gov. Branstad said he won’t back any bills legalizing medicinal marijuana if they make it to his desk.
Branstad says the issue needs more study before he could back it. One concern he points to is the possibility of abuse of the drug, similar to the problems seen with prescription drugs.
Branstad worries there would also be an increase in crime if more legal drugs fell into the wrong hands.