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Iowa Lawmakers To Consider Pair Of Medical Marijuana Measures

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iowa medical cannabisjoe bolkhamNORML has a very cool interactive way to contact elected officials in Iowa to urge them to support medical cannabis. Below is information about the bills:

Two separate pieces of legislation that seek to allow the physician supervised use of cannabis are expected to be introduced during the 2013 legislative session.

State Sen. Joe Bolkham has announced that he will introduce legislation to allow for Iowa patients with qualifying conditions to access and use cannabis for medical purposes with a doctor’s recommendation. Rep. Bruce Hunter also declared his intention to introduce a similar measure in the General Assembly. These proposals would allow for Iowans with qualifying conditions to possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana, which can be cultivated from a private grow of no more than six plants, or purchased from a state approved dispensary.

Since 1996, eighteen states and the District of Columbia have approved legislation allowing for the use of cannabis therapy by qualified patients.

NORML will continue to update you in the coming weeks as this proposal moves forward. You can stay updated on the latest news regarding this legislation by following ISU NORML on Facebook here.

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You can write your Iowa Representative or Senator by clicking here. You will have the option of sending an e-mail or letter that states the information below. All you have to do is give up a few minutes of your day to help bring medical cannabis to Iowa!

Editable text to State House:

I’m asking for your support legislation which seeks to enact a limited exception to Iowa’s criminal laws to permit the doctor-advised medical use of cannabis by patients with serious medical conditions. At the same time, it will not alter or interfere with already existing state laws discouraging the non-medical, personal use of marijuana.

Voters strongly support this change in law. According to a December 2012 CBS News nationwide telephone poll of 1,100 adults, 83 percent of Americans favor allowing doctors to authorize specified amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses. Eighteen states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington and the District of Columbia — have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. Patients in these states enjoy legal protections to use medicinal marijuana under a doctor’s supervision; seriously ill citizens in Illinois deserve this same protection.

The use of marijuana as medicine is a public health issue; it should not be part of the war on drugs. I strongly urge you to support this legislation.

Editable text to State Senate:

I’m asking for your support legislation which seeks to enact a limited exception to Iowa’s criminal laws to permit the doctor-advised medical use of cannabis by patients with serious medical conditions. At the same time, it will not alter or interfere with already existing state laws discouraging the non-medical, personal use of marijuana.

Voters strongly support this change in law. According to a December 2012 CBS News nationwide telephone poll of 1,100 adults, 83 percent of Americans favor allowing doctors to authorize specified amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses. Eighteen states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington and the District of Columbia — have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. Patients in these states enjoy legal protections to use medicinal marijuana under a doctor’s supervision; seriously ill citizens in Illinois deserve this same protection.

The use of marijuana as medicine is a public health issue; it should not be part of the war on drugs. I strongly urge you to support this legislation.

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  • jdeeth

    Spelling correction: the sponsoring state senator is Joe Bolkcom -and he’s MY state senator :)

  • Ricy Mardona

    You are good bloger.Your writing quality is very nice,and i got so much to learn from your blog. It was excellent and very informative.

  • DCtheEE

    You need to change the editable text. It says, “Illinois”, not “Iowa” for both.

  • moldy

    Good luck IA! It will be an uphill struggle to convince those hard headed Iowans that weed is a good thing. I grew up there so I know how hard their heads can be.

  • SuziS

    Is this a letter being sent to Iowa lawmakers, or lawmakers in Illinois? The last sentence in the second paragraph states “seriously ill citizens in Illinois deserve this same protection”. If you want to be taken seriously, you NEED to catch these kind of errors. Also, the very first sentence should read either “I am asking for your support of legislation” or “I am asking that you support legislation”, not “I am asking for your support legislation”. Do you see where the error is in that sentence? Seriously, especially for this issue, proponents need to be grammatically correct and sound intelligent.

  • shwa

    im a republican but i think its time my senators get a reality check. were only hurting people by the laws in place. isnt it time we started helping them instead. life is hard enough joe bolkcom and bruce hunter good for both of you. you both have my full support and good luck!

  • terri valko

    I strongly suggest that we get this legal It helps me not to be sick all the time it helps me sleep alot better without so much pain. Please pass this clear out the jails of people not hurting anyone