Failed Iowa Vote on Medical Marijuana Highlights Challenges

An attempt in the Iowa Legislature to expand medical marijuana access in the state may have reached its end this session with a failed vote in the Republican-controlled House, though some Democrats said Tuesday they would keep pushing the issue in the days before a possible adjournment.

Both Republicans and Democrats in the chamber pointed fingers at each other following a Monday night debate that ultimately shot down a plan that critics said would not have done enough to expand the state’s medical marijuana law, which allows the use of cannabis oil for certain epilepsy patients.


The public criticism highlights the challenges of passing legislation that includes a production system for the drug. At least a few lawmakers have floated around a plan to revive the issue this session through an amendment. Advocates encouraged the chamber to...

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