Medical Cannabis Bill Moves To Senate Floor

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Expanding Iowa's medical cannabis legislation made it one step further Thursday at the statehouse.

Last year Iowa passed a medical cannabis bill for those suffering from chronic epilepsy.

Thursday afternoon the Senate Ways and Means Committee pushed to expand that bill to create equal access for all Iowans.

In a vote of nine to five the bill advanced to the Senate floor for full debate.

The bill would expand Iowa's current medical cannabis law to include other conditions such as cancer, MS, Chron's Disease, PTSD, epilepsy, AIDS/HIV, glaucoma, hepatitis C, ALS, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, PTSD and severe chronic pain associated with an underlying condition.

That's good news for Lori Tassin of Des Moines who suffers from cancer and wants another option for treatment.

"The reading that I've done on it the THC is supposed to kill cancer cells and the CBD is not supposed to allow it to metastasize, so it`s another treatment option for me. I've been on seven different kinds of chemo treatments, I've had four bouts of radiation and brain surgery so i need something," says Tassin.

The same can be said for Jon Custis of Anamosa who as a Vietnam Veteran suffers from PTSD. He's confident he would see relief with medical cannabis.

"From what I hear from my friends, cannabis would calm you down and it will help you sleep through the night. It takes away the pain you have and it lessens all the effects," says Custis.

The bill establishes a medical advisory board and would allow for the cultivation, production and dispensing of medical cannabis at multiple locations across Iowa.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, who's led the charge on medical cannabis legislation, says he credits the dozens and dozens of patients who came forward to share their stories as to why this bill is seeing success.

“This legislation is really brought to us by the patients who suffer from amazing types of conditions that we`ve learned about some of which are here with us today. They`ve shown great courage to basically come here and convince us to do something that`s really hard to do,” says Sen. Bolkcom.

The bill now advances to the full Senate for debate where lawmakers are hopeful it will pass.

However, House Republican Leader Kraig Paulson said Thursday he doesn't believe the House will take up any bills regarding medical marijuana this legislative session.

12 comments

  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    -“Republican leaders of the Iowa House and Gov. Terry Branstad have said they don’t want to revisit the issue this spring, because they want last spring’s law to have more time to work. :-

    flush another one down…the time to have a law work was years ago.

    fact is if people in Iowa weren’t so scared of legal ADULT marijuana use the patients of Iowa would already have access to their medicine years ago.

    Save you fear and drink your 64 oz Growlers from QT, blow some fireworks in celebration that another year will go by without medical marijuana in Iowa.

    Cannabis extracts is not state legal medical marijuana. What you get is compassionate care and bottled fear of the unknown, for profit…The soft parade continues…until the next episode.

    • Kay

      If this were some expensive poison in pill form, making millions of dollars for some company, it would already be legal…..

    • vinnievincent

      Good, because the real reason pot-heads really want this is to sit around and just get high while listening to their Pink Floyd Animals album. Its not about any other reason, just find a doctor who is stupid enough to buy your excuse as to why you have a medical “need”. You stoners pushed for this legislation 4 or 5 years ago, but you made the mistake of having adults with different medical ailments as your poster children. To your credit, this time around you’re using children in hopes of pulling on the heart strings of the public. Good P.R. move, but you can wrap a cat turd in all the powered sugar you want and it’s still gonna be the same old cat turd. This is the byproduct of the radical hippies from the 60’s-70’s now in our colleges and government we’re now seeing the fruits of. Probably worshipping at the altar of Timothy Leary!

      • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leary_v._United_States

        Leary v. United States, 395 U.S. 6 (1969), is a U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with the constitutionality of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Timothy Leary, a professor and activist, was arrested for the possession of marijuana in violation of the Marihuana Tax Act. Leary challenged the act on the ground that the act required self-incrimination, which violated the Fifth Amendment. The unanimous opinion of the court was penned by Justice John Marshall Harlan II and declared the Marihuana Tax Act unconstitutional. Thus, Leary’s conviction was overturned. Congress responded shortly thereafter by repealing the Marihuana Tax Act and passing the Controlled Substances Act to continue the prohibition of certain drugs in the United States.

      • J B

        And yet anther mindless post about a topic you know absolutely nothing about. Thank you wasting everyones time.

      • Buttersthedog

        The first marijuana laws in the US required Americans to grow if for hemp. When they made cannabis illegal it was not hidden that the reasons were to keep Mexican immigrants from making money off marijuana. You want to uphold a racist law with the sick and suffering paying the price.

  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    find some and smoke it or make so brownies, you will get relief now rather then wait for Terry and Clel to go away…

    “From what I hear from my friends, cannabis would calm you down and it will help you sleep through the night. It takes away the pain you have and it lessens all the effects,” says Custis.

  • Terry LINDLEY

    I have fibromyalgia and the available meds don’t help me. I’m forced to take pain pills(oxycod/oxycotin…) that work some. I have pain levels from 5-9 on a regular basis and no way to get good relief. I’v been tested for everything they can think of. I also have a bad back, some 6 surgeries. high anxiety, arthritis. MY minded nerves does function correctly, it keeps telling me of paint that isn’t there; I need a way to relieving my pain,

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