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A presentation by Dr. Steven Jenison on what medical cannabis is and how it works will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mason City Public Library.

Many Iowans have illnesses which can be treated with cannabis and here is our opportunity to learn from an expert how it works.

This is a topic which has been discussed at the Iowa Statehouse, and in 2014 a bill was passed to legalize the use of cannabis oil for patients with epilepsy. Unfortunately this has never resulted in even one patient obtaining the medicine because it is not produced in Iowa and it is nearly impossible for anyone but residents to obtain it in states where it is legal.

Last session the Iowa Senate passed a second bill to fix the first one, but the Republican leadership in the House did not allow it to be debated in the there.

There is a dire lack of knowledge on the part of our legislators and the public of what this is exactly. Jenison is a native of Ames, educated at Iowa State and University of Iowa. He devoted his entire medical career to public health in New Mexico, where he administered the medical cannabis program. Please plan to attend this very informative program.

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