Cannabis oil bill heads to full Assembly
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 9:13
Passage of the measure would make Washington the second state to legalize cannabis deliveries, following Oregon. During the elections, 8 out of 9 marijuana bills passed.
"Erin Miller (of Des Moines), whose son Abram benefited from the current bill, is now 600 days seizure-free on (medical cannabis) oil".
Ninety three percent of Americans support medical marijuana use, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday.
Nevertheless, some members of New York's medical marijuana industry say the latest expansion effort will cause more harm than good.
A panel of lawmakers said Wednesday they're committed to advancing legislation expanding Iowa's limited medical marijuana program.
However, 18 states and the District of Columbia have medical cannabis programs that permit the production and sale of the product.
Although the state maintains that medical marijuana has always been in the interest of "public health", and never meant to be a significant part of the state's financial plan, there were obviously concerns that failure to expand the program would bring about its demise.
In 2015, a marijuana legalization bill had an hour-long hearing that ended with a legislator saying he was assaulted by a marijuana advocate and a committee made up of both Republicans and Democrats unanimously rejecting the bill.
As it stands, there are only around 14,000 patients in NY with clearance to use medical marijuana. Cannabidiol oil is commonly referred to as CBD.
Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield, would allow cannabis plants to be grown in Iowa, manufactured into medical cannabis oil and distributed to those with intractable epilepsy.
"CBD oil can provide a life-changing treatment option for Hoosiers who suffer from epilepsy, especially children", Arnold said.
Last Friday, a medical marijuana bill was filed.
The bill allows marijuana to be smoked, if a doctor determines smoking is the best way for the patient to receive the cannabis. Sims said he saw the bill as a tool for reducing opioid addiction in his state.
The drug has been legalized for medical use in 28 states, but Florida is one of the only Southern states that allow it.
The state Health Department will administer the program.
On Tuesday, a medical marijuana bill advanced. The bill now goes to the full Medical Military and Municipal Affairs Committee. Richard Ojeda (D-Logan) and a handful of cosponsors introduced Senate Bill 386.