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Iowa Senate considering more potent medical marijuana

Vote possible in the next few days.

Posted: Apr. 23, 2018 8:19 PM
Updated: Apr. 25, 2018 8:28 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers may vote on a bill on medical marijuana in the coming days, although it's unclear if there's enough time before the session ends.

A Senate committee voted 11-3 on Monday to advance a bill to eliminate a cap on THC in the cannabis oil that goes on sale Dec. 1 in five Iowa dispensaries. THC is the compound associated with marijuana's psychoactive effects.

The bill would also exempt cannabis oil from sales tax and expand eligible medical conditions to any that a doctor says is medically beneficial.

Caitlin Golle of Nora Springs says she feels this is a good idea as long as people are responsible.

"As long as people are using it responsibly then it can't really do too much harm at all," said Golle. "Especially if people are getting notes from their doctor saying you can use this much and they want to use more. As long as they are safe and consciously aware then it shouldn't be too bad."

MedPharm Iowa, the state's first cannabis oil manufacturer, says eliminating a cap on THC is needed to create a large enough market for medical marijuana sales. As of last week, about 700 permits have been issued to Iowa patients and caregivers.

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