DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) – Medical marijuana for thousands of Iowans in need – is one step closer to becoming reality.
Registration cards are required before you can get the medicinal oil. Applications for the cards go live on Monday, but there are some conditions that need to be met.
For the first time, Iowans who suffer from diseases other than just epilepsy will have the chance the get help from medical cannabis. That is because of a new law signed this year that expands the diseases covered. And as the door toward getting a registration card opens Monday, patients and advocates are cautiously optimistic.
“I mean it’s the end result of what I was after, and I am very thrilled about it,” said Tom Duncan of Jefferson.
Duncan has been suffering from kidney cancer for 11 years. He has tried nearly every medication to help him get through the chemotherapy, but nothing has helped.
“I’ve done some of the most dangerous you can do,” Duncan said.
But now, after a long debate at the