Iowans should trust science in marijuana debate

Abandoning good science has unintended consequences for Iowa's youth

Iowans may be deceived by the controversy surrounding claims of marijuana's miracle cures. This is not about possible medicines for children. The deception is that Iowa must rush to market without heed to the overwhelming advice of medical professionals warning that we should not bypass the Food and Drug Administration and good science in developing medicines.

Cannabidiol is not marijuana, and the difference is huge. CBD is one out of more than 100 compounds that can be derived from marijuana, including the dangerous psychoactive drug tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The marijuana industry and its followers are abusing the privilege of empathy and the plight of innocent Iowa children in order to further the agenda of marijuana legalization, by confusing the difference between compounds derived from marijuana under strict FDA guidelines, and instead pushing counterculture claims of largely anecdotal reports of miraculous curative powers.

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