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MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Lawmakers ‘Learning More’

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Legalizing medical marijuana is a hot topic this legislative session. But lawmakers say it won’t pass this year.

Instead Iowa senators are pushing the Iowa Legislative Council to study the matter over the summer. Then the group would present its finding before the next session.

Senator Joe Bolkcom and others appeared on a tapping of IPTV’s “Iowa Press” to discuss the matter Friday.

Bolkcom says there is a bipartisan group of senators backing the study.

“There’s interest beyond party affiliations about trying to provide compassion and medicine to these folks in our communities,” Sen. Bolkcom says. “I think more members of the legislature are slowly learning more about it and they’re hearing from their constituencies it’s a real issue they’d like addressed.”

The director of Iowa’s Office of Drug Control Policy, Steve Lukan also spoke. He says the governor is right to be cautious of moving forward too quickly.

Lukan says some states with medical marijuana laws are seeing negative side effect including misuse and abuse.


  • Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    Not studied long enough, you claim? Did you know Marijuana is perhaps the most studied therapeutic substance on Earth? It’s true:

    “Despite the US government’s nearly century-long prohibition of the plant, cannabis is nonetheless one of the most investigated therapeutically active substances in history. To date, there are over 20,000 published studies or reviews in the scientific literature referencing the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids, nearly half of which were published within the last five years according to a keyword search on PubMed Central, the US government repository for peer-reviewed scientific research. Over 1,450 peer-reviewed papers were published in 2013 alone. (By contrast, a keyword search of “hydrocodone,” a commonly prescribed painkiller, yields just over 600 total references in the entire body of available scientific literature.)”

    Let’s Open Our Eyes, End The Lies, and Legalize Nationwide!

    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

  • William Denison

    “Lukan says some states with medical marijuana laws are seeing negative side effect including misuse and abuse.”

    One can replace the words medical marijuana with anything. His statement is meaningless.For example:

    Lukan says some states with the owning gerbils laws are seeing negative side effect including misuse and abuse.

    Lukan says some states with alcohol laws are seeing negative side effect including misuse and abuse. So on so forth. Lukans a stooge.

  • Common Sense

    Well said Brian. It is hard to dispute the Evidence. Watch Ricky Lake’s “Weed the People”. Watch how it helps these dying kids and shrinks a baby’s brain tumor, it’s Amazing! Totally normal everyday people.

  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    meanwhile the Governor of Minnesota makes his move…. – 3/24/14 Minnesota – Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing a $2.2 million study on medical marijuana. The Associated Press obtained a draft of the governor’s bill from advocates of legalizing the drug for medical use. The governor’s office confirmed it in a statement later Friday, saying the governor is searching for ideas that can pass this legislative session. Medical marijuana has stalled. Dayton has said in the past he wouldn’t support legalization unless law enforcement did, and that hasn’t happened. The governor’s draft bill would have the Mayo Clinic study cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, a marijuana compound that does not produce a high. Many people say CBD helps some patients who suffer from epileptic seizures and psychosis induced by schizophrenia.”

    • Bart

      (as previously stated via MN law enforcement) the only reason MN law enforcement won’t support ANY form of marijuana is they fear losing fed grant money to battle the infamous “marijuana boogieman. “

    • William Denison

      This is great news. Now I won’t have to drive as far. I’ll have to rent me a shack somewhere across the border and drive up there once a week to finally get the help I need and want.I’ll just use it there and make the drive.Done and done.

  • caliboss

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

    Senator Kimberly Yee of Arizona is denying a marijuana research bill for vetarans, she should be jailed

    “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, 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…not 1….my turn, I gave you 20 years, watch and learn

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American
    family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  • William Denison

    Ya ever wonder where the millions of dollars used to study cannaibs actually go? I’m betting for more cannabis:)

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