“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”
As Colorado and Washington’s smoke signals stretch across the United States, beckoning all freedom loving Americans to join them. A new proposal to reform Iowa’s archaic and outdated marijuana laws has landed with a thud on the desk of the state House of Representatives late last week.
Thanks to the forward thinking Dem. From Des Moines, Rep. Bruce Hunter, who proposed to bring Iowa and their outdated laws into the 21st century, by proposing the Iowa Medical Marijuana Act.
Many within the community supported Rep. Hunter’s push for a common sense approach to medical marijuana for Iowans; most understand the current legal parameters surrounding marijuana in Iowa is indefensible, and this monumental ‘first step’ would actually turn out to be a ‘quantum leap’ in the right direction. Additionally, should Iowa’s medical marijuana act garner the votes needed to pass, it would represent a significant victory for a wide swath of ailing Iowans who are presently deprived of a scientifically proven medicine that official in the treatment some particularly incapacitating illnesses.
The proposed Iowa law would decriminalize the possession and use of marijuana for state sanctioned patients incapacitated from any number of ailments such as glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV wasting syndrome, chemotherapy for cancer patients, Alzheimer’s, and Crohn’s disease. Additionally any patients with relentless “chronic” pain or an illness with symptoms marked by persistent nausea would also be qualified to obtain a recommendation for medical marijuana from their doctor.
As with the other 18 medical marijuana states, Iowa’s mmj bill would also include provisions for the creation of licensing rules and regulations thereby allowing for the formation of medical marijuana collectives. From these collectives nonprofit medical marijuana caregivers could sell their marijuana to those Iowa patients licensed to purchase the dank medicine.
“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,” Hunter said in a statement released through the Marijuana Policy Project. “There is a wealth of scientific evidence demonstrating marijuana is significantly less addictive and has far fewer severe side effects than the opiates and other narcotics these patients are taking now.”
The body of research concerning the efficacy of therapeutic marijuana and drugs derived from marijuana lends credence to Hunter’s claims that such drugs have proved to be both effective and safe when used responsibly.
Cannabinoids have been shown to inhibit the growth of many types of cancers including breast cancer, skin cancer, and leukemia; they may also moderate the degenerative effects of autoimmune disorders.
The debate over the medical efficacy of marijuana has largely been settled: It’s safe and it works. The Iowa legislators should set aside their preconceived notions on the subject and take up Hunter’s Medical Marijuana Act. Eighteen states have moved to provide a little relief for their long-suffering patients; Iowa would do well to become the 19th.