A recent poll shows that 70 percent of Iowa voters support the passage of a medical cannabis (medical marijuana) bill.
I proudly proclaim myself to be in that 70 percent. Last year the percentage was 59 percent. As Iowans become educated on the subject and more familiar with the medicinal uses of cannabis, they support this concept in larger numbers.
In 2014 the Iowa Legislature, acting in good faith, passed a bill signed into law by Gov. Branstad which would make it legal for people with intractable epilepsy to possess cannabis oil as prescribed by an Iowa neurologist.
The problem is that the medicine is impossible to get in Iowa and impossible for an Iowan to obtain in any other state except Oregon. Not one drop of cannabis oil has reached the patients which the law was intended to help. Most of the patients are children, many of whom have up to 100 seizures daily.
The bill which Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis wants to have introduced would change it from a Schedule 1 drug (of no medical use) to Schedule II. This action would expand the bill and simply unbind the hands of the medical doctors who may have run out of treatments for certain patients with conditions such as epilepsy, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, PTSD, cancer, fibromyalgia, ALS, Ehlars-Danlos Syndrome, MS, hepatitis C, AIDS and HIV.
House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and Republican Speaker Kraig Paulsen are determined to not allow this issue to be debated in the House.
Our elected officials have a responsibility to be our voice in the legislature. If you are in that 70 percent who favor rescheduling, write to Upmeyer and Paulsen as well as your own representatives to request their support.