Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Iowa Legislature



The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill legalizing the use of a form of marijuana oil to treat chronic epilepsy.  The measure passed the House 75-20 and the Senate 38-8 at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday.  It goes to Governor Terry Branstad for signature. It allows the medical use of oil derived from the cannabis plant as a last-resort treatment for seizures caused by a chronic form of epilepsy.  The oil cannot be smoked and doesn't create a high. It would have to be obtained in another state that produces it.  A written recommendation from a neurologist is required. Patients and caregivers must acquire a registration card from Iowa's Department of Public Health. 

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