Recommendations Made To Improve Medical Cannabis Law

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Lawmakers got an ear full Thursday from parents whose children suffer from various forms of epilepsy.

A committee looking at the cannabis oil law held a hearing at the Statehouse.

Three Iowa mothers spoke about the problems surrounding the law.

They can't get access to the oil because the state is still working on implementing rules. Once the rules are passed, buying medical cannabis in another state and transporting it across state lines would be illegal.

Parents suggested passing legislation that would allow people in Iowa to grow, process, and distribute cannabis oil.

Sally Gaer’s 24-year-old daughter Margaret suffers from Dravet syndrome. Gaer says she wants her daughter to have the opportunity to try a medicine that could help give her some relief

“Iowa needs to have their own marijuana grown in the state. Growing, processing and dispensing medical cannabis falls directly in line with the healthiest state initiative, because this God created medicine can improve my daughter`s health and happiness as well as those who love and care for her and watch her struggle through her many seizures,” says Gaer.

The committee agreed and voted to approve several motions including looking into developing a regulated program to produce, process and dispense medical cannabis in Iowa as well as recommend the drug be rescheduled to a schedule two.

The committee's motions will help fast track the discussion next session.


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