Iowa

Thu
01
Oct

First of its Kind Study Finds Virtually No Driving Impairment Under the Influence of Marijuana

As cannabis prohibition laws crumble seemingly by the day, it’s allowing more research to be performed on this psychoactive substance that has long been a part of the human experience.

The first study to analyze the effects of cannabis on driving performance found that it caused almost no impairment. The impairment that it did cause was similar to that observed under the influence of a legal alcohol limit.

Researchers at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator carried out the study, sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Thu
24
Sep

Poll: Conservative Iowa Voters Don't Care That Jeb Bush Smoked Marijuana 40 Years Ago

Jeb Bush was in the media a lot following the most recent Republican debate. During the debate Jeb Bush tried to make the case for opposing marijuana reform, and admitted that he had consumed marijuana forty years ago. The admission even came with a public apology to his mom. For some reason Jeb Bush thinks that people should go to jail for something that he did himself when he was younger, but never experienced any repercussions of marijuana prohibition because he grew up in a very privileged situation. Had Jeb Bush received the ‘marijuana scarlet letter’ himself, maybe he would think otherwise.

Wed
16
Sep

Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis Sends Questions To Candidates

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A group of Iowans is hoping its questionnaire is a priority for potential presidential candidates.

Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis wants to know where the presidential candidates stand on medical marijuana.

“Moms and dads across the America want to know what presidential candidates are proposing to help the sick and suffering obtain medical cannabis,” says Maria La France of Des Moines.

The group released four questions they want every candidate to answer about their plans to help people get access to medical cannabis.

Wed
16
Sep

Medical cannabis advocates in Iowa take cause to presidential race

Members of Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis have developed a questionnaire that they plan to deliver to presidential candidates

DES MOINES — Advocates for legalized medical cannabis use in Iowa are taking their cause to the 2016 presidential race.

The advocacy group Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis announced Tuesday it has developed a questionnaire that it plans to deliver to all the presidential candidates in the coming weeks.

The group already has made efforts to reach out to the campaigns and the candidates themselves during their visits to Iowa.

Fri
28
Aug

Poll: Fighting Marijuana Legalization Is Bad Politics

New poll suggests candidates who are pro-states' rights as far as marijuana is concerned may connect with key primary voters

Most voters in Iowa and New Hampshire think the feds should stay out of states' marijuana legalization efforts, according to new poll numbers. 

Thu
27
Aug

GOP Voters In Early Primary States Express Support For State Marijuana Laws

Republican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire do not believe that the incoming administration ought to interfere with the enactment of state laws legalizing marijuana, according to polling data conducted by Public Policy Polling and published today by Marijuana-Majority.com.

Sixty-seven percent of GOP voters in New Hampshire agree that “states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.” Sixty-four percent of Iowa GOP voters agreed with the statement.

Tue
18
Aug

Hillary Clinton Confronted about Medical Marijuana by Iowa Mother

Despite Bernie Sanders’ surge, particularly in the first primary state of New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton remains the Democratic frontrunner and the odds-on favorite to be the next President of the United States. Thus, it remains extremely important that cannabis law reformers lobby Clinton to support sensible federal marijuana policies that build upon gains made under the Barack Obama Administration. Secretary Clinton hasn’t voiced the most progressive stances on marijuana policy in the past, actually out of step with her Democratic constituents. The Democratic frontrunner was confronted by an Iowa mother who made a desperate plea for the legalization of medical marijuana to help her daughter while Clinton was campaigning at the Iowa State Fair.

Tue
04
Aug

Iowa Family Fights To Get Their Daughter Access To Cannabis Oil

An Everly, Iowa family is braving all odds to get cannabis oil in to the state for their daughter, Shelby.

Although Iowa lawmakers made it legal for families like theirs to have the oil, it's still illegal to cross state lines to bring it here. But the family says they don't feel they're breaking the rules, just bending them a little.

"When your kid is going through that, you don't like to wait four years," Mike Heuck said.

Mike and Tammi Heuck's daughter Shelby was seizing dozens of times every day. They say instead of waiting for Iowa lawmakers to provide a cannabis oil option in state, they found success in Charlotte's Web, a kind of cannabis oil that can be shipped right to their home in Everly.

Sun
05
Jul

Synthetic marijuana hard to legislate

A Des Moines lawmaker is working with civil rights groups to draft legislation that would prohibit racial profiling by Iowa law enforcement officers and require agencies to create citizen boards to review profiling complaints.

In Iowa and across the United States, lawmakers and law enforcement have struggled to pass bills that keep up with the constantly changing chemicals used in synthetic marijuana.

The state Legislature failed to pass a bill this session that would have increased penalties for people convicted of selling synthetic drugs and making illegal chemicals used to manufacture the drugs.

 

It initially passed the Republican-controlled House, but the Democrat-controlled Senate added amendments the House ultimately rejected.

Thu
02
Jul

Iowa medical marijuana prompts parents to consider moving

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - The Legislature's failure to expand Iowa's medical marijuana law has some parents of sick children looking to Minnesota.

Area lawmakers who worked to pass the proposed legislation suggested some Iowans may relocate to nearby states to access medicinal marijuana. Medical marijuana will be legal in limited form in Minnesota beginning July 1.

Some Cedar Falls families confirmed they're considering their options, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/1MsWswE ) reported.

"Obviously, they have all these good things about their bill, but it's proximity. So, you just gave yourselves competition. Minnesota moved forward. You chose to stay stagnant," said Brienna Decker.

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