Iowa

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.

Tue
23
Jun

How Much Does Marijuana Impact Your Driving?

A new federal study has answers

A rigorous federal research study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers new data on the effects of marijuana on driving performance.

The exact impact of marijuana on driving ability is a controversial subject—and it’s become more important states continue to loosen their drug laws. And, while drunk driving is on the decline in the U.S., driving after having smoked or otherwise consumer marijuana has become more common. According to the most recent national roadside survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of weekend nighttime drivers, 8.3 percent had some alcohol in their system and 12.6 percent tested positive for THC—up from 8.6 percent in 2007.

Fri
19
Jun

Colorado man one of 8 charged in Iowa marijuana sales case

A Colorado man has been sentenced to prison in a marijuana case in Iowa.

George Podes, 44, of Denver, received a sentence of 96 months in prison on Thursday.  He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana.

He was also ordered to serve four years of supervised release after the imprisonment.

Authorities said that between May 2011 and March 2013, Podes agreed with several individuals, including Jared Fromknecht, Morgan Hermiston, Charles Williams, Harrison Summers, Jacob Aldrich, Michael Wood and Austin Iossi to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

Authorities said Podes grew the marijuana in Colorado for distribution in Iowa.

Wed
17
Jun

Iowa Advocates for medical marijuana disappointed in Legislature

DES MOINES — Maria La France and Sally Graer say they are exhausted and frustrated, and highly critical of state lawmakers who oppose expanding Iowa’s medical cannabis program.

La France, Graer and other advocates for legalized medical cannabis oil spoke to reporters on June 3 at the Iowa Capitol as they made one final plea to state lawmakers this legislative session.

Joined by fellow advocates with the grassroots Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis Coalition, La France and Graer said they are exasperated with state lawmakers who refuse to consider expanding Iowa’s narrow medical cannabis law to allow for the treatment of patients with a variety of diseases like epilepsy, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sun
14
Jun

Iowa medical marijuana prompts parents to consider moving

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.

Sun
14
Jun

Iowans consider moving over medical marijuana

Mike Decker and Brienna Decker tickle their 3-year-old son, Garrett, as they play in his room in Cedar Falls. The Legislature's failure to expand Iowa's medical marijuana law has some parents of sick children looking to Minnesota.(Photo: Tiffany Rushing/Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

CEDAR FALLS, Ia. – The Legislature’s failure to expand Iowa’s medical marijuana law has some parents of sick children looking to Minnesota.

Northeast Iowa 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.

Thu
04
Jun

Iowa: Medical-marijuana activists blast legislators' inaction

Medical-marijuana advocates expressed frustration and exhaustion Wednesday, as the Legislature prepares to leave for the year without acting on the issue.

The activists held a Statehouse news conference to criticize Republican leaders of the Iowa House, who have not brought the proposal up for a debate.

Medical marijuana activist Sally Gaer of West Des Moines speaks with reporters Wednesday at the Statehouse. (Photo: Tony Leys/The Register)

"They didn't want to visit this issue. They don't really care about suffering Iowans, and it's really unfortunate," activist Sally Gaer of West Des Moines said. "…It boggles my mind that there's no compassion. They say they have compassion, but their actions don't show that they have compassion."

Sat
02
May

Hundreds Gather For Marijuana Rally at the Iowa State Capitol

The event brought people together to promote cannabis reform in Iowa. Des Moines, IA (WOI) - Nearly a hundred people gathered at the statehouse today to take part in the global marijuana march.

The event brought people together to promote cannabis reform in Iowa.

Organizers say the march has happened at the capitol on the first Sunday in May since the late 1990's.

Some event goers say change is desperately needed in the Hawkeye state.

"Help us, please," says David Letsch, a supporter of the cannabis reform. "We need help. We're suffering. When I had marijuana, I lived. When I'm on medications, I survive. I'm sick of surviving. If they don't get it done in one year, I'm going to Colorado."

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Iowa