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Iowa: 87% of Residents Support Medical Marijuana, According To New Poll


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A vast majority of Iowans support allowing doctors to authorize medical marijuana use for ailing patients, according to new poll results released on Monday.

A Quinnipiac University Poll found that a whopping 87 percent of state residents support medical marijuana, with just 17 percent opposed, according to the poll, reports James Q. Lynch at the Des Moines Bureau of the Sioux City Journal. Incredibly, every party, gender and age group measured had at least 68 percent support for medical marijuana in the poll.

What's more, that strong level of support is comparable to other states, according to Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Iowans overwhelmingly think marijuana should be legal for medical purposes, but most voters oppose legalizing personal recreational use," Brown said. There was a big difference when it came to recreational use: "Opposition to personal marijuana is higher in Iowa than in any state we've surveyed so far on this subject," he said.

Efforts in the Iowa Legislature to legalize medical marijuana failed to gain traction in this year's session. Republican and Democratic lawmakers admit there is "more interest" about medical marijuana, but what we aren't seeing is the kind of tectonic shifts in public policy that would take place in a true representative democracy when an issue has 87 percent support.

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Issue Going to Legislature

By Cindy Hadish, KCRG Reporter

Iowa: Medical Marijuana Issue Going to Legislature CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Iowa Board of Pharmacy has taken its final step regarding medical marijuana.

Board members on Wednesday, Nov. 24, drew up a bill for the Iowa Legislature to consider in January that would reclassify marijuana as a schedule II drug.

Marijuana is currently considered a schedule I drug in Iowa. Changing the classification would open its use for medicinal purposes like other prescription drugs, but not without further action, said Executive Director Lloyd Jessen.

First, the board’s action is only a recommendation to the Legislature, he said.

“They can react to it or ignore it,” Jessen said. “It doesn’t make it available for use at all, but it (would) change the classification.”

Legislators would also need to set up a “compassionate use” program, as 16 other states have done, to allow its use for medicinal purposes, he said.

Federal law prohibits its use, but the current administration is not enforcing that law in states that have medical marijuana programs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration could also make changes that would allow the use of medical marijuana, Jessen said.

Members of Iowans for Medical Marijuana attended the board’s meeting in Des Moines.

Jessen said legislators could still ask the board to administer a medical marijuana program.

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