Iowa Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill
April 25th, 2014
Policy, Top News
The Iowa Senate voted 36-12 to approve a bill that would decriminalize medical cannabis oil for the treatment of epilepsy after an emotional debate. Republican Senators had serious reservations, warning that legalizing any form of marijuana would send the wrong message to young people, but stories from children who suffered hundreds of seizures per day without treatment.
“This legalization responds to these stories in a compassionate way,” said Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, in an interview with Press-Citizen, adding that only a few hundred Iowans would directly benefit from the legalization.
Others voting against the measures warned of the consequences. Sen. Amy Sinclare, R-Allerton warned, “I fear that by passing this legislation we will truly be setting ourselves up for some real problems with federal prosecution because we are just setting up a false sense of security. They will not be immune from federal prosecution and laws.” She was among the minority that voted “no” on the bill.
The bill creates a licensing system for patients with “intractable” epilepsy and those responsible for their care to treat the disorder with cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is an oil derived from cannabis that has been shown in numerous studies to reduce seizures and improve other symptoms related to the illness. The substance cannot be smoked and contains low amounts of the THC that gives a “high”.
The move follows 20 other states that have already legalized medical cannabis oil, including conservative states like Utah and Alabama. Cannabidiol (“CBD”) is just one of at least 60 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis, accounting for up to 40% of the plants extract as a non-psychotropic element. CBD is considered to have a wider scope of medical applications than tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”).
The first FDA-supported clinical trials of CBD are currently underway with many advocates hoping for an approved drug despite cannabis being listed as a Schedule I Controlled Substance by the United States government.
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