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Medical Cannabis Bill Approved 36-12 by Iowa Senate

Posted on  April 24, 2014 by  News Admin

The Iowa Senate voted 36-12 Thursday after an emotional debate to pass a bill that would decriminalize medical cannabis oil for the treatment of epilepsy, responding to pleas of Iowa parents with children stricken by seizures. Senate File 2360, which was sent to the Iowa House, was approved despite serious reservations by several Republican lawmakers who warned that legalizing any form of marijuana would send the wrong message to young people who are in jeopardy of abusing drugs. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, the bill's floor manager, recounted the stories of Iowa children who have suffered greatly –sometimes experiencing hundreds of seizures daily –and whose parents have frantically searched for remedies to alleviate, but not necessarily cure their children's ailments. "This legislation responds to these stories in a compassionate Iowa way," said Bolkcom, adding that perhaps only a few hundred Iowans would directly benefit from the legislation. The bill creates a licensing system for patients with "intractable" epilepsy and their caregivers to pursue treatment with cannabidiol, an oil derived from marijuana that has been shown to reduce seizures and improve other symptoms related to the illness. The legislation says patients or their caregivers who receive a neurologist's recommendation for cannabidiol would be able to apply for a state-issued identification card allowing them to possess and use the oil without fear of prosecution under state marijuana laws. The substance is not smokeable and contains low amounts of THC, the substance that gets users high. The floor debate on the issue prompted...

Cannabis reform across America: a look at pot legislation in 26 states

Posted on  March 11, 2013 by  News Admin

 The movement to reform our failed cannabis policies has grown tremendously in recent years and months. It's not slowing down anytime soon. Cannabis reform is a mainstream issue, and frankly, there's no denying it. A majority in the county support legalizing cannabis, and 81% support its legalization for medical purposes. On top of this, a majority of states in our country (27 in total) have either decriminalized cannabis possession (14), or legalized it for medical and/or recreational purposes (18). The remaining states are hard at work towards reform, and advocates in the states mentioned above are vehemently trying to improve their situation. For those who have been on the line about getting involved in helping bring cannabis law change, now is absolutely the time to jump in. Below is a breakdown of efforts going on around the country: Alabama: In Alabama, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition has announced that they're working on 5 cannabis-related bills; everything from simple (though substantial) patient protections, to full legalization. The first of these five to be filed, House Bill 315, has been assigned to the House Committee on Health. The bill would provide prosecution protection for patients who possess and cultivate cannabis, as long as they get a recommendation from a doctor, and then a license from the state's Department of Health (which will determine the possession limits). Arizona: In Arizona, Republican representatives are attempting to repeal the state's medical cannabis laws, by putting it, once again, to a vote of the people. Arizona...