Iowa's new medical-marijuana law draws interest from possible entrepreneurs

Iowans overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, but they don't support allowing recreational uses, a new Iowa Poll shows.

Several dozen people have expressed interest in manufacturing or distributing medical-marijuana products under Iowa's new law, despite strict limits on what they would be able to sell, a state administrator said Wednesday.

The Iowa Department of Public Health is scrambling to set up rules after legislators voted last spring to expand the state’s tiny medical-marijuana program. The new program is expected to be implemented next year.

Under the previous law, the state allowed people with severe epilepsy to possess marijuana oil with little of the chemical that makes recreational pot users high. Legislators heard complaints that the program was practically useless, because it provided no legal way for patients to obtain the medication. Lawmakers decided this year to let two manufacturers and five distributors set up in Iowa to...

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