Medical Pot in Iowa

Normally conservative state begins public hearings for legalization

The Iowa Pharmacy Board has announced it will hold several public hearings in an attempt to gather information on the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use. The board has no power to legalize marijuana itself, but it can make a recommendation to state legislatures to move pot from a Schedule I substance to a Schedule II drug with medical benefits, making it legal as prescription medication. A state senator has already attempted to pass a bill legalizing marijuana, and is planning to introduce new legislation again in the legislature’s next session. This is all part of a growing trend in normally conservative Iowa, which has recently legalized gay marriage and helped elect Barack Obama.

Associated Press