Expanding Production of Cannabis in Iowa
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Following passage of Senate Bill 2360 “Medical Cannabidiol Act” in Iowa, possession of Cannabidiol Oil become legal for patients who suffered from intractable epilepsy. The law became effective July 1, 2014, however, patients who were diagnosed by neurologist and prescribed Cannabidiol were still unable to legally access the medication in Iowa. The Controlled Substance Act still lists Cannabis and any of its components, as illegal for possession per federal law. States such as Colorado, Minnesota, and Illinois have legalized production and growing in their individual states. However, unlike the other states, Iowa’s legislation still does not permit the production and distribution of Cannabidiol Oil in the state. Thus, attention is focused on raising awareness of the medical benefits of cannabis and finding a solution to allow patients and their caregivers to legally obtain this medication in the Iowa.