A stronger form of medical marijuana would become available in Iowa for a larger number of patients under a bill that advanced in the Iowa Senate today.
It’s the second year in a row that the Senate has tried to pass a more expansive medical marijuana law than the one Gov. Branstad signed last year.
“It’s important to have other alternative methods to treat pain.” -Sen. Jeff Edler
Under the new bill, a cap on the active ingredient THC would be lifted, and a patient with any condition could acquire the drug if a doctor calls it beneficial. The current law limits THC to 3 percent, and limits treatment to nine medical conditions.
Officials with MedPharm, the company with the sole license for manufacturing medical marijuana in Iowa, have said that under the current restrictions, not enough patients would come forward to make the program viable.
“With that THC cap in place at 3 percent as it is, it’s going to be extremely difficult for Med Pharm to be able to treat the patients the legislature has asked us