The legislation (SF 2215) we are working on sets out a strictly controlled program that specifies a set of debilitating conditions, requires a doctor’s prescription, and will be administered by a medical doctor at the Iowa Department of Public Health. The state of Iowa would license non-profit dispensaries and a production facility. The licensing fees would cover the costs.
A majority of Iowans are ready to move forward. The roadblocks are fear and lack of information on the part of the Legislature and Gov. Terry Branstad. However, the recent efforts by patients and their families have been extraordinarily effective. The Legislature could approve medical cannabis as early as 2015 in the first legislative session after this fall’s election.
It’s great that the ice is cracking in the Iowa House and Senate, but Gov. Branstad is still in the deep freeze. He was first elected to state office in 1973. After years of using the “war on drugs” to score partisan politics, is Gov. Branstad even capable of acknowledging the facts on this issue?
For the sake of Iowans seeking relief from serious medical conditions, I hope so. Gov. Branstad is running for another four year term, and he’s hinted he might run for another four years after that.
How much longer are Iowa voters like you and I going to make our friends and neighbors wait for the medicine they need?