Iowa to Hold Public Hearing on Medical Marijuana in Des Moines

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Iowa residents can contribute to the debate about how the state officials should roll out the new medical marijuana law statewide. The Iowa Department of Public Health is set to conduct a public hearing starting at 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The venue is the sixth floor of Lucas State Office Building, which is next to the Statehouse in Des Moines.

Alternatively, Iowans can join the discussion through video on the Iowa Communications Network via these sites: Sioux City Public Library; Iowa City Public Library; North Iowa Community College, Mason City; Ottumwa Regional Health Center; Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs; and Davenport Public Library.

Moreover, written remarks can be faxed to 515-281-4958 or emailed to Deborah.Thompson@idph.iowa.gov.

Iowa lawmakers approved in spring a law legalizing the use of marijuana oil for treating severe forms of epilepsy. The oil, known as cannabidiol, contains low levels of a compound called THC that is responsible for giving users the characteristic high. Patients who wish to receive the drug should obtain a licensed neurologist’s recommendation in order to obtain registration cards, reported The Des Moines Register.

Meanwhile, Muskegon City Commission plans to vote to extend a moratorium on establishment of new medical cannabis businesses for another 90 days when it meets on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The commission had debated two weeks ago on a proposal to amend the city’s ordinance that seeks to, among other provisions, expand the zones in the city where medical marijuana businesses can operate.

However, the proposed amendments have been postponed after it emerged new state regulations that will be enacted soon are expected to impact on them. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com