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‘We can do better, because we’ve done better’: Deidre DeJear on Iowa’s future, LGBTQ rights, abortion access and legalizing cannabis

“I just want to get back to basics,” Deidre DeJear told the people gathered on the fifth floor patio of the Chauncey on Thursday evening, in response to a question about what her first three priorities would be if elected […]

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4/20 in 2022: Iowa GOP leaders entertaining ‘no discussion whatsoever’ on marijuana reform

More than a year after an Iowa Poll showed 54 percent of Iowans favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use and 78 percent want to see the state’s Medical Cannabidiol Program expanded, Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Republicans who control the […]

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4/20 in 2021: Iowans have come around to cannabis, but state and federal lawmakers are straying from their pot promises

The latest Iowa Poll from the Des Moines Register and Mediacom revealed several areas in which public opinion conflicts with state legislators’ priorities, from passing an anti-abortion amendment to the Iowa Constitution (opposed by 58 percent of respondents) to shortening […]

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Poll: Iowans evenly split on marijuana legalization

Iowans are evenly split on legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a new poll published by the Des Moines Register. The Iowa Poll found 48 percent of respondents favored legalization, 48 percent opposed it and 4 percent were unsure. This is […]

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Letter to the editor: Iowa should regulate marijuana like beer, wine and liquor

Ten states now regulate marijuana like alcohol. Iowa should follow their lead. Marijuana prohibition hasn’t worked and has hurt taxpayers and everyday Iowans. By legalizing and regulating the sale of marijuana to Iowa adults, we can refocus our criminal justice system on serious crime and expand substance abuse treatment programs.

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Legalize (all of) it! The surprising position on drugs in the platform of the Iowa Democratic Party (Updated)

It’s no longer surprising when a politician comes out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, but it is a little surprising that it’s the official position of the Iowa Democratic Party that all drugs should be legalized. At least that the official position on paper—none of the state party’s leader have actually endorsed taking that step. […]

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