DEMOCRATS: TIME FOR ACTION ON MEDICAL CANNABIS
PLAN OFFERED TO ONE OF THE FINAL BILLS STILL ALIVE IN IOWA LEGISLATURE
State Representative Bob Kressig, D-Cedar Falls, and State Representative John Forbes, D-Urbandale, offered a medical cannabis plan today on one of the few bills still alive this 2016 legislative session.
“Iowans who suffer from conditions like epileptic seizures, cancer, and MS have waited long enough,” said Rep. Forbes, a pharmacist. “As lawmakers who support a comprehensive medical cannabis bill, we believe the Iowa House should take action this year to help the thousands of Iowans who could benefit from it.”
The plan offered by the lawmakers (H-8288 to House File 2467) is expected to be debated later today and would make medical cannabis available in Iowa for conditions like intractable epilepsy, cancer, MS, AIDS, HIV, Crohn’s disease, intractable pain, glaucoma, or a terminal illness with less than a year to live.
“Recently, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to approve a comprehensive medical cannabis plan and it’s time for Iowa to be the 25th,” added Kressig. “I’ve gotten to know many of the families over the last several years who could benefit from this law and they deserve our support. I hope Republicans will join us and pass the bill before we adjourn this year.”
So far this year, House Republicans have refused to allow Iowans with medical condition like epilepsy and cancer get life-saving medicine. Last month, Republican Rep. Dean Fisher of Tama walked away from an Iowa mother trying to get help for her son who suffers from seizures and told her to “move to Colorado.”