Ailing Iowans Urge Legislature To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Supporters march in front of the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Des Moines as they try to rally support for the passage of law granting the medical use of cannabis in Iowa.(Photo: Michael Zamora/The Register)

Iowans suffering from cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other ailments rallied at the Iowa Capitol on Tuesday in support of medical marijuana as a crucial vote nears in the Iowa Senate.

Lawmakers are expected to debate Senate File 484, which would legalize medical cannabis, in the coming days or weeks as advocates push for action on the issue. A crowd of about 75 people cheered as Maria La France of Des Moines said a solid vote on the legislation in the Democratic-led Senate would send a message to the Republican-controlled Iowa House that it should also take up the bill.

"Iowans matter. Sick people matter," said La France, whose son,...

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