DES MOINES, Iowa – Close to 100 Iowans gathered in support of the pending medical cannabis legislation before the Iowa legislature.
Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis (I4MC) are calling this a “March for the Sick and Suffering.” Iowans who have friends or family members suffering from debilitating diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, PTSD and many others were marching on Tuesday.
The group initially met on the west side of the Iowa State Capitol at approximately 12:30 p.m.
“We are encouraged by the large turn out today and the public support we have garnered for this common sense legislation,” Sally Gear said, who represents I4MC. “Passing this legislation is critically important to my daughter’s life and the health of thousands of other Iowans. We call upon the legislature to pass this bill and help bring relief to suffering Iowans.”
The group wants lawmakers to support additional legislation that allows more people with severe medical conditions to have access to medical cannabis. Currently the bill only helps people suffering from chronic epilepsy.
The expansion bill would also call for the medicine to be grown in the state.
The Senate could debate the bill this week. Even if the bill makes it out of the Senate, House Republican leaders say it's unlikely the bill would make it far on the House floor.