DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Board of Pharmacy met Monday to discuss a request to re-classify marijuana.
Right now marijuana is listed in Iowa code as a schedule I, or a drug with no proven medical use.
Carl Olsen of Des Moines petitioned the board last July asking them to classify it as a schedule II, or drug with some accepted medical treatment.
“We don`t have any other plants in schedule I that are used to make pharmaceutical drugs, they`re all in schedule II or lower,” says Olsen.
However, the board was hesitant to make such a big step.
“We should keep marijuana in schedule I but the chemical entities that are developed from that should go into schedule II,” says board member Susan Frey.
Olsen’s request was denied, but the board unanimously voted to recommend cannabidiol or cannabis oil be classified as a schedule II, or a drug with accepted medical treatment.
“I feel more comfortable making a recommendation on cannabidiol than I do on marijuana,” says board member Edward Maier.
Last year the legislature approved the use of the oil to treat seizure disorders in children.
However, the drug can’t be dispensed in Iowa so parents have to travel out-of-state to get it and are running into road blocks crossing other state lines.
Olsen says while the decision isn’t what he hoped for, it’s a good first step.
“I think it`s a little more momentum, we`re not moving as fast as I would like to see but it`s still moment in the right direction.”
The recommendation will now head to the legislature for a vote.
However, Marshall County Democratic Senator Steve Sodders already put a bill in to classify marijuana as a schedule II. He says re-classification needs to be the first step.