Iowa’s medical marijuana law is barely a year old and some legislators are already looking to change it.
Under a proposed piece of legislation, certain Iowa businesses would be allowed to produce and distribute medical marijuana.
Senate Democrats said they are doing this to expand the availability of the drug for Iowans who need it. They announced Monday that they will introduce the legislation this session.
This comes after a day when two Senate committees heard from a number of residents at the Statehouse who described their difficulties in trying to obtain medical marijuana in order to treat personal or family illnesses.
Last year, Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law that allows for the possession and use of cannabis oil to treat chronic epilepsy.
But the law does not provide any way for residents to make or distribute the oil in Iowa. It also prohibits other forms of medical marijuana, which is a huge problem for Iowans who suffer from other illnesses.
The proposed legislation would create a program that monitors the production and distribution or medical marijuana in Iowa.
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