Iowa legal committee has backed the proposal to legalize cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana.
Iowa currently has an existing law that permits the use of medical cannabis to treat severe epilepsy, though several barriers still make it difficult to access the treatment. This is because patients have to seek it out of the state.
Sally Gaer, a resident of West Des Moines, has a daughter with a severe form of epilepsy.
“We can and must do better,” said Gaer, according to Radio Iowa.”Iowa needs to have its own cannabis grown in the state. Growing and dispensing fits in with the healthiest state initiative.” She was referring to Gov. Terry Branstad’s initiative aimed at improving Iowa State’s ranking on healthcare matters.
Out of the 10 committee members, five Democrats and one Republican voted in favor of the move. The committee was appointed by the legislature to analyze the new state medical marijuana law and suggest any changes that are needed. The recommendations of the committee will be summarized in a report and tabled before all the 150 lawmakers in January.
Meanwhile, a Montreal-based medical cannabis firm intends to restart a stalled rooftop greenhouse project, which had got mired in debt after it was launched by the Vancouver city hall. Affinor said that it had entered into an agreement to buy assets and technology that was once owned by Alterrus. The company also said it had also agreed to a deal to lease the top floor of the parking garage, which is owned by the city.
However, a spokesman for Affinor said the company intends to cultivate strawberries and baby greens, though it is willing to plant medical marijuana if the city approaches it with the offer to do so. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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