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NO AUTHORITY: Pharmacy Board Won’t Regulate Medical Marijuana

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The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is refusing to weigh in on medical marijuana, saying it doesn’t have the authority to make rules regulating the drug’s use.

Twelve-year-old Quincy Hostager has good days and bad days. Wednesday was one of those bad days. He suffers from a seizure disorder, and this time the seizures seemed to be worse than usual. What Quincy’s mother, Maria Lafrance had hoped for was that the Iowa Board of Pharmacy would pass some rules for the use of medical marijuana to help reduce Quincy’s seizures. But board members, appointed by the governor, voted unanimously against the proposal.

“I think they were empathetic.” Lafrance says, “But empathy is not leadership. Taking actions and solving problems is leadership.”

Board members refused to comment after the vote. Governor Branstad has said he will not back any bills legalizing medical marijuana.

15 comments

  • Harry Moyer

    Of course they voted against it. When the Pharmacy Board voted unanimously for legalization shortly after Brainsdead became governor again, he replace 3 of them with his own flunkies with the message to the rest to fall in line.

    It’s the Republican/Teabugger way.

    • Ishmale Whale

      I did not know brain dead cut and stacked the pharmacy board deck of cards. Can’t have medical marijuana, but when his kid killed a couple, he sure jumped through hoops to mitigate that.
      I am proud to state that after I updated my license with the Veteran mark, I also changed my voter registration. I am NO PARTY, because neither are worth two squirts…

      • William Denison

        I’m a veteran also as is the governor. Thats whats really hurtful to me. To have a fellow vet turn his back on so many other veterans that cannabis could help.Then to act all dumb about it really is a insult. Cannabis has been the most studied plant ever in the history of man.

  • William Denison

    Guess what? If a republincan ever needs my help again no matter who it is or how old I’m going to turn my back on them. I think all progressive thinkers should start doing the same.Even if its a loved one whos a member of the GOP.Give them a taste of their own medicine.Don’t even give granma a ride to the store if shes a republincan.

  • Auther

    Has anyone ever been to the grave sites or know where they are at of the people Eric Branstad killed? Any photos of the crash?

  • 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 heWhen 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
    alth 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

    • Harry Moyer

      Unfortunately all you did with that worthwhile information is confuse the Flat-Earth Stoopid Party even more. The Teabuggers that aren’t complete fidiots and even agree with medicinal/legal marijuana will ignore it in order to perpetuate their hatred of anything the Progressives are for.

  • Bart

    Great job WHO for keeping on top of this story and also for uncovering the truth behind Branstad’s unethical undermining & coercion techniques.
    (just like his drunken murdering son that got off scot-free anyone else would have been formally charged)
    Branstad & son(s) are an embarrassment to the state on so many levels.
    Please reiterate this story when it’s closer to election time as a reminder to Iowa voters.
    Thanks WHO!

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