Iowa Medical Marijuana Program Criticized for not Being Effective


Iowa Medical Marijuana Program Criticized for not Being EffectiveIowa’s medical marijuana initiative, which came into effect on July 1, isn’t serving its purpose effectively as patients are facing difficulty accessing it, state health officials were told on Tuesday.

The law, which was signed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, legally allows registered patients to access cannabidiol to treat epilepsy. Cannabidiol is a marijuana oil extract that has low levels of THC, a compound that gives users the characteristic high.

Keith Andrews, 60, speaking via a video conference in Iowa City Public Library, told the Des Moines-based Iowa Department of Public Health Officials that he is frustrated with the limited scope of the program, which requires qualified patients to exhaust all the available treatment options before a neurologist can recommend the patient for treatment using cannabidiol oil.

Once a patient is recommended by a neurologist, he or she can register for the medical marijuana program, after which a registration card is issued, which allows him or her to obtain the drug from an out-of-state processor, reported the Sioux City Journal.

Andrews, who lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa, said that he has a 7-year granddaughter who suffers from Aicardi syndrome, which has seen her battle seizures since she was 4 weeks old.

“I’d like to see the process made easier for the families,” said Andrews. “They’re going through so much stress.”

23 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have approved laws legalizing medical marijuana. However, Iowans who source cannabidiol oil out-of-state must pass through states with no such laws, breaching state and federal law.

Linda Gale, a Sioux City resident, appealed for the law to include other medical conditions in the list of ailments that qualify the afflicted patient for medical marijuana treatment. Gale, who spoke in Sioux City Public Museum, suffers from Crohn’s disease. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit

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