Iowa Cannabis Laws

Medical & Recreational Marijuana

Medical and recreational marijuana businesses are currently not allowed in the state of Iowa.

However, the state allows qualified patients to acquire and use “up to 4.5grams of medical marijuana per 90-day period” to treat medical conditions. The program is overseen by the Office of Medical Cannabidiol (under the Iowa Department of Public Health). If you want to start a marijuana business in Iowa, consider starting a CBD or hemp business now because states typically give existing cannabis businesses priority for any new cannabis/marijuana licenses that become available in the future.

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CBD & Hemp

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) is responsible for overseeing and issuing Hemp cultivation licenses, while the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) is currently working to establish rules and regulations for selling and manufacturing “consumable hemp” products. However that doesn’t mean you can do anything you want. The county and city where the business will be located may determine whether you can open and operate a CBD or hemp business within their borders or not. You’ll need to look up and verify those details yourself or with our help via a Starter Package.

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