Most Iowans Favor Medicinal Marijuana, Poll Says

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A new poll shows most Iowans favor the use of marijuana as medicine but not for recreational purposes.

A poll by the Des Moines Register shows 78 percent of Iowans support the use of marijuana for medical purposes. That’s up from 58 percent in 2013.

Twenty percent oppose medical marijuana and 2 percent are unsure.

The study comes at a time when Iowa legislators are expanding Iowa’s limited medical marijuana program.

In 2014, the state passed a bill to allow patients to possess a type of cannabis oil. Only Iowans with certain types of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and advanced cancer with less than a year to live are covered in the program.

Ninety-five people have received registration cards. A bill this session would allow greater access to the drug.