KIMT News 3- The Iowa Department of Public Health has issued the first ever license to MedPharm Iowa, a Des Moines based company, to build a medical marijuana growing facility.
Those with public health say Medpharm was the only company to submit an application.
They say patients will have to be certified through a medical provider that they do fall under one of the categories the legislature approved last session in order receive the drug. Those with the department say providers will be heavily monitored.
“We will be monitoring what patients will be going to what providers and if we see that one providers suddenly certifying a lot of patients then that could be an indication that that provider might not have the relationship with the patient that we would want them to have,” says Randy Mayer, the Office of Medical Cannabidiol Director.
Mayer says they will be starting an application process in January for companies to submit interest in building up to five dispensaries throughout the state. He says qualified patients could potentially be able to purchase the drug by December of 2018.