NOT YET: Governor Not Ready On Cannabis Bill

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said he hasn’t made up his mind on whether to sign a bill that would legalize the use of cannabis oil for people suffering from epilepsy.

But Branstad said Monday he has talked to the governors of Utah and Alabama about it and they have told him of no issues of the oil’s misuse.

Branstad said, “We’ve got to be very careful and very thoughtful about this.”

Branstad’s gubernatorial challenger, State Senator Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat, said Branstad should already be familiar with the bill, which lawmakers finalized last week. “That’s what a governor’s supposed to do. That’s the leadership we expect,” Hatch said.

Hatch wants the governor to sign the bill this week.

Branstad has 30 days to sign or veto the bill once he receives the finalized bill from the legislature. As of Monday morning, he said he hadn’t received the bill yet.