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Locals react to new Linn Co. marijuana program for first-time offenders

12/31/20--The Linn County Attorney's Office is launching a marijuana diversion program starting January 1. First-time marijuana offenders will get the chance to walk away with a clean record. Offenders with a small amount of cannabis will get the opportunity to go through treatment and community service. When complete, their charge can be expunged. Read

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs bill to change THC cap for Iowa’s medical marijuana program

6/29/20--Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a bill that changes the cap on THC in Iowa's medical marijuana program and allows patients with more conditions to access the program. Read

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, including key legislative priorities

6/29/20-- On Monday, June 29, Gov. Reynolds signed several bills into law, including HF2589: an Act concerning the medical cannabidiol Act and marijuana. Read

Iowa Senate passes medical marijuana legislation

6/3/20--Legislation for medical cannabidiol passed in the Iowa Senate 32-17 on Wednesday night. Those that support medical marijuana expansion in Iowa say the state's program is too stringent. Those that oppose it say more studies need to be done on using CBD oil as a treatment. Read

House bill makes changes in Iowa’s medical marijuana program

2/15/20--A bill to let more potent medical marijuana products be sold in Iowa has cleared initial review in the Iowa House, but the bill also would limit the total amount of THC patients could be sold over a 90 day period. Under the state’s medical cannabis program, there are licensed growers, producers and sellers of medical marijuana to Iowans with a limited number of medical condition like Multiple Sclerosis and chronic epilepsy. Read

Vaping, medical marijuana focus of Iowa’s 2020 legislative session

1/11/20--When state lawmakers return to Des Moines for the 2020 legislative session on Monday, two of the bills they will take on is vaping and medical marijuana. Several cities and counties across Iowa already have banned vaping or passed position statements in support of efforts to ban the product. Read

KCCI reporter’s mom makes progress with medical marijuana

2/14/19--A car accident gave Terri Clark a lower backache years ago, and she’s been on oxycodone ever since. According to Clark, her doctor noticed how she was scared of being addicted to it, so when it was legalized, her doctor suggested she try legal marijuana, and so far, it has changed her world. At first, she said she didn’t like the feeling that medical marijuana gave her, but that has since gone away. Read

Iowa’s first medical marijuana dispensary will begin selling products Dec. 1

11/7/18--Iowa’s first medical cannabis manufacturer and dispenser, MedPharm Iowa, is slated to begin selling products on December 1. Upon opening, MedPharm Iowa will offer a total of 14 different products from two dispensaries in the state, one in Sioux City and one in Windsor Heights. Read

Week in Review: Arizona’s defiant marijuana firms, California deadline & big cannabis investment in Iowa

7/6/18--Marijuana Business Daily presents closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week, including but not limited to a Arizona cannabis companies defying a court decision banning the sale of extracts, California marijuana businesses deal with the state’s July 1 transition, and an emerging player in the MJ industry planning a large indoor grow in Iowa. Read

Cedar Rapids to be site of medical marijuana manufacturing facility

6/29/18--Cedar Rapids will be the site of Iowa’s second medical marijuana manufacturing facility, officials confirmed Friday. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced it intends to award the license to Iowa Relief LLC. The company is a subsidiary of New Jersey-based Acreage Holdings, which already grows, processes, or dispenses medical marijuana in 12 states. Read

Reynolds appoints members to new medical marijuana board

8/30/17--Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed eight people to a medical marijuana advisory board created under a new state law. The board was one of several provisions in a medical marijuana law that went into effect this summer. It expanded Iowa's existing cannabis oil program by allowing the sale and manufacturing of such oil within the state. Read

More Iowans allowed to use, but not buy, medical marijuana

6/13/17--Iowa passed emergency rules Tuesday to expand the list of medical conditions that allow a patient to use medical marijuana. Iowans diagnosed with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, AIDS, and other severe or terminal illnesses can start applying for a registration card June 19. However, when cards are issued in August, those patients still won't be able to legally obtain medical marijuana in the state. Read

Iowa looks to team up with Minnesota for medical marijuana

5/12/17--Top state lawmakers are trying to work out a system allowing Iowa residents to start buying medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota. The bill specifically allows Iowa residents to buy their supply from Minnesota and directs state regulators to contract with two licensed manufacturers in that state. Read

Legal medical marijuana passes Iowa Senate on 45-5 vote

4/17/17--Senate File 506, a wide-ranging bill authorizing the use of medical marijuana for ailments from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder, was passed Monday night by the Iowa Senate. It would allow for patients with a range of medical conditions to obtain a medical cannabis registration card after receiving written approval from a doctor. Read

New push for medical marijuana in Iowa Senate

4/11/17--A new initiative seeking to legalize medical marijuana has been unveiled in the Iowa Senate. Senate Study Bill 1190 has been scheduled for a hearing before a three-member Senate subcommittee, which is expected to advance it to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Read

Medical marijuana faces July 1 expiration unless legislators act

3/5/17--Iowa’s medical marijuana program faces a critical deadline that, if not changed, will end the program. Advocates had pressed lawmakers all session to create the program, seemingly to no avail. With the program set to expire July 1, lawmakers this session have attempted to craft measures that would extend, and in some cases, expand it. There have been ups and downs. Read

Otter wants Trump to crack down on weed

2/17/17--Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter urged President Donald Trump to use the full power of the federal government against neighboring states that have legalized marijuana. The price Idahoans are paying, according to Otter, is that people are bringing marijuana into the state.

Medical marijuana support keeps climbing, Iowa Poll shows

2/15/17--Iowans overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, but they don't support allowing recreational uses, a new Iowa Poll shows. According to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, eighty percent of Iowa adults now want marijuana legalized for medical purposes, while The just 39 percent of Iowans want marijuana legalized for recreational purposes. Read