The fight to reschedule marijuana in Iowa has taken a very long time. When I started this blog, I met a guy named Carl Olsen online who had been fighting for years to get marijuana rescheduled in Iowa, and that fight continues to this day. Last week the Iowa Pharmacy Board was supposed to vote on marijuana rescheduling, but instead chose to punt the idea down the road. Per the Des Moines Register:
Three members of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy recommended Wednesday morning that the state take marijuana out of the strictest classification of drugs, but the full board decided to wait until at least January to discuss the idea.
A board subcommittee recommended Wednesday that legislators take marijuana out of Schedule I, a classification that bans almost all uses. But other board members said they wanted to go slow on the proposal. “I think we should take our time here,” said board member James Miller, a Dubuque pharmacist.
One of my biggest pet peeves is the ‘let us wait awhile’ delay tactic that marijuana opponents always use. I would like just one true, valid reason for delaying marijuana rescheduling. Classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance is a slap in the face to science and logic. If anyone can read the definition of a Schedule I substance, and provide a valid explanation as to how marijuana fits in that definition, I would absolutely love to hear it. There is a mountain of scientific evidence that shows the ridiculousness of marijuana being classified as a Schedule I substance. However, when asked for a reason as to why that scientific evidence is being ignored, all we ever hear is, ‘we should take our time here.’ Ludicrous.