A letter was released on Wednesday with signatures from more than 100 city and county elected officials writing in support of expanding Iowa’s medical marijuana program.
The letter calls for a bill that will allow for “medical cannabis to be produced, distributed and possessed in Iowa for debilitating medical conditions.”
“We believe comprehensive legislation will provide guidance to local officials so we can assist our most vulnerable citizens,” and bring those patients “out of the legal shadows and deter illegal enterprises from taking advantage of them,” the letter reads.
City councilors and county supervisors from around the state signed onto the letter, which was written in response to the limitations on cannabidiol, the oil concentrate of marijuana that can reduce seizures and other ailments.
Currently, the pot oil cannot be produced or imported into the state, although it is legal for residents to possess and use cannabidiol to treat epilepsy.
This week, Gov. Terry Branstad said that he would consider legislation to expand the state’s cannabidiol program.