DES MOINES, Iowa -- On May 31st, Iowa lawmakers legalized a form of medical marijuana, but patients still can't get the drug.
The Iowa Department of Health is still coming up with rules on how to administer the law. Under the law, cannabis oil can only be used by patients suffering from a severe form of epilepsy.
In order to legally possess the oil, patients must first receive a recommendation from a neurologist who has treated the patient for at least six months. The patient would then have to apply for a cannabis registration card.
Finally, because the state did not legalize the sale of the cannabis oil, the patient would have to find an out-of-state supplier.
Those rules will be the focus of a series of public meetings in a couple of weeks. All of these meetings will take place on the same day, August 26th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the following locations:
Ottumwa Regional Health Center, 1001 E. Pennsylvania, Ottumwa
North Iowa Area Community College, 500 College Drive, Mason City
Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs
Sioux City Public Library, 529 Pierce Street, Sioux City
Davenport Public Library, 321 Main, Davenport
Lucas State Office Building, Sixth Floor, 321 E. 12th Street, Des Moines
The hearing will be accessible via conference call.
Pass code: 515-281-4355
For more information go to: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/MCARCP/