Lawmakers Decide to Expand Iowa’s Medical Marijuana Program


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DES MOINES, Iowa  --  Iowa’s medical marijuana program is being expanded due to a bill that was passed by lawmakers.

The new law means Iowans who need marijuana medically will have more access.

Now, pot can be grown and sold, only as cannabis oil. With that comes a list of regulations surrounding its usage.

On the list, capping the THC level at three percent and only allowing two manufactures and five dispensaries statewide.

"A big deal for us was to be able to have this medicine grown and dispensed in Iowa, which this bill will provide for her, so we're excited about that," said medical marijuana advocate Steven Gaer.

Steven Gaer's daughter has epilepsy, and he is one of the people who say the bill will improve his family’s life.

"We struggled for a long time to try and get access to it out of state--you run a lot of legal risk getting it from out of state into Iowa--that created a huge legal challenge for us and we were never sure we had a reliable source," Gaer said.

Also a part of the bill is a medical advisory board that will act as a liaison between patient and government.

"Having that board, they're tasked with talking with the public and looking at peer research and reviewing literature and what should be included in the list and taken off the list," said Jarad Klein (R) Keota.

Lawmakers say the bill that was passed on Saturday is not set in stone.

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