Iowa House Of Representives To Hear Medcial Marijuana Bill

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  1. Monterey Bud

    Monterey Bud Administrator Staff Member

    Jason Noble | 1.18.2013

    Months after two states legalized marijuana within their borders, a lawmaker is seeking to authorize medical uses of the drug here in Iowa.

    State Rep. Bruce Hunter, D-Des Moines, introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow patients diagnosed with cancer, HIV or AIDS, ALS , Crohn’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, among other illnesses, or who suffer from a medical condition or the treatment of a condition that causes “intractable pain” to be licensed to possess marijuana and not subject to arrest or prosecution.

    “Iowans clearly want our state policy to be sensible and rooted in evidence, that's why I'm introducing this medical marijuana legislation,” Hunter said in a statement released by the Marijuana Policy Project. “At this point, there's no denying that marijuana helps alleviate the symptoms of a host of terrible diseases, many of which are notoriously difficult to treat.”

    The bill calls for the creation of nonprofit dispensaries that would grow and sell the medical marijuana and related supplies.

    The Des Moines Register’s February, 2010, Iowa Poll showed 64 percent of Iowans supported allowing medical uses of marijuana.

    The Marijuana Policy Projected highlighted that finding this week, along with an Iowa Board of Pharmacy vote that same year unanimously recognizing the drug’s medical value.

    “The bill introduced by Rep. Hunter will bring Iowa in line with a growing number of states that recognize the medical efficacy of marijuana,” Robert Capecchi, deputy director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “There is no reason to let seriously ill patients continue to suffer in Iowa while the rest of the country adopts this type of sensible legislation.”

    But the bill likely will not go anywhere. Hunter is in the minority in the House, and Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, indicated last week he has no interest in pursuing medical marijuana.

  2. Steve Cool

    Steve Cool Guest

    Iowa patients sadly won't be seeing this anytime soon.

    Sorry Iowa, but medical marijuana won't be legal in your near future. A bill that would have given patients the right to choose natural medicine died last night in a sub-committee dominated by ignorant lawmakers.

    House File 22 would have removed civil and criminal penalties for medical marijuana patients possessing 2 ½ ounces of marijuana or less and created a state-regulated medical marijuana dispensary system. Patients would have been allowed limited cultivation of up to six plants, and - importantly - would have protected patients against being denied any state rights or being penalized by their place of business.

    Iowa Rep. Clel Baudler.
    According to the WCF Courier, the bill was shot down in a three-person House sub-committee by two republican representatives, one of whom is a former Iowa State Patrol officer. "This bill will not advance any further," said Rep. Clel Baudler at the committee meeting.

    His argument? That there are prescription drugs that can provide the same relief as marijuana can for patients. The courier article also quotes "critics" who say that legalizing medical marijuana would make it easier for children who "already have a high treatment incidence for the addictive drug."
    This is despite a 2010 suggestion from the Iowa Board of Pharmacy that urged lawmakers to establish medical marijuana laws and a distribution system to help patients legally use the alternative medicine. As one Iowa state representative pointed out: those doctors on the Board of Pharmacy know a lot more about the efficacy of medical marijuana than a bunch of old farmers- and lawyers-turned-politicians.

    HF 22 sponsor Rep. Bruce Hunter.

    Shutting down HF 22 wasn't the only way the legislature is fighting medical marijuana cannabis. Another bill floating currently would remove any mention of the Board of Pharmacy's ruling from the law books - essentially removing any hope for patients with doctor recommendations to ever bring up medical necessity in court.

    "These aren't just some stoners looking for their next high," said the bill's sponsor, Bruce Hunter, a democrat from Des Moines. "They are real people looking for real relief for real pain."
    The Courier also quoted several disappointed supporters of the bill who were suffering from a variety of things from multiple sclerosis to a Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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