Will Iowa become the next state to approve medical marijuana? State Rep. Bruce Hunter (D-Des Moines) introduced a bill this week that would make the use of marijuana legal for those suffering from certain medical conditions or conditions causing “intractable pain.” If approved the bill would create nonprofit dispensaries that would “grow and sell the medical marijuana and related supplies.”

The prevailing thought is that the bill will not pass – Rep. Hunter is in the minority and House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) indicated he would not pursue medical pot. Nonetheless, a poll from 2010 reported that 64 percent of Iowans supported medical marijuana. Additionally, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously that same year to recognize the medical value of cannabis.


“There is no reason to let seriously ill patients continue to suffer in Iowa while the rest of the country adopts this type of sensible legislation,” Marijuana Policy Project’s Robert Capecchi said in a statement. 18 states and the District of Columbia have already approved pot for medical use.

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