Medical Marijuana: what’s next for Iowa?

What happened: The Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted Wednesday to recommend that lawmakers reclassify marijuana to recognize its medical uses and to appoint a task force to study the administration of a medical marijuana program in Iowa.

Task force: The board is recommending that the task force would include a representative for the following: a seriously ill patient, law enforcement, the Iowa Attorney General, HIV organization or a physician caring for an AIDS patient, substance abuse treatment, hospice or palliative care, the Iowa Board of Nursing, Iowa Board of Medicine, Iowa Board of Pharmacy.

What’s next: The Iowa Legislature would have to vote to reclassify marijuana and that legislation would need Gov. Chet Culver’s signature.

What’s likely: With legislative leaders saying they expect to adjourn for the year in March, lawmakers would have to move quickly to take action. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal,

D-Council Bluffs, said lawmakers could appoint a task force this year but further action is unlikely.

Via At a Glance

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