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I'm writing to express my concern relating to Iowa's medical marijuana law that imposes a 3 percent THC cap and provides access to this program for only nine medical conditions. As an Iowan who's son suffers from intractable epilepsy, these restrictions reduce the benefits this program could offer to him and others. His seizures have drastically reduced and quality of life has improved but he could benefit far more if there was no THC cap.

Medical marijuana presents a valuable opportunity for safe long-term pain relief. However, Iowa's restrictive cap on THC is ineffective at managing the pain associated with chronic illnesses. Additionally, the current law would benefit few Iowans due to its limited list of approved conditions for treatment.

However, a bill pending in the Iowa legislature would remove the 3 percent THC cap and expand the definition of a "debilitating medical condition" to widen the range of those who qualify. Unfortunately, this bill has stalled in the Senate and requires stronger support in the House. The Iowa Legislature should remove the 3 percent THC cap and expand the definition of a "debilitating medical condition" to widen the range of those who qualify. Iowans want a successful medical cannabis program. Speaker Upmeyer should too.

I urge readers to call on their House member to stand up for those who are suffering and could benefit from the expansion of this treatment.

Cassie Helland, Mason City

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