Iowa Medical marijuana request rebuffed by pharmacy board

Medical marijuana oil, produced in Colorado.(Photo: Associated Press file photo)

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy disappointed medical marijuana advocates again Monday.

Board members rebuffed a request that they recommend changing Iowa law’s classification of marijuana in a way that would make it easier to use the drug for medical purposes.

The board, which regulates medication sales, said it didn’t want to get involved now. “This is clearly a political issue at this point,” said board member James Miller, a Dubuque pharmacist.

State law now classifies marijuana as both a Schedule I drug, whose use is impermissible in almost any circumstance, and as a Schedule II drug, which could be used for medical purposes in some circumstances. The pharmacy board recommended in January that legislators reclassify a special type of marijuana extract, which has little of the chemical that makes recreational users high, but not to reclassify marijuana entirely.

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