University Of Iowa Is Exploring Medical Marijuana’s Effects On Aging

Researchers say the time has come to find out if medical marijuana increases this risk of cognitive issues and which products with higher or lower THC content, are safe to use.

What effect does marijuana have on the aging body? In partnership with the National Institute of Health, the University of Iowa plans to find out with a first-of-its-kind research project.  


A year after Iowa introduced medical cannabis, here's how the program is making gains

After a bad workplace accident in 2001, Rick Parham wound up with steel plates and rods in his spine.

He also found himself dealing with ongoing pain, including cramps in his legs that woke him up at night.

A little less than a year ago, Parham turned to a newly opened medical cannabis dispensary on the edge of Council Bluffs. He now uses a combination of cannabis tinctures, creams and vapor to keep himself moving during the day and to get adequate sleep at night. Recently, he’s been putting siding on his home in Pacific Junction, Iowa, which took a hit from flooding last spring.

“I rove around like a 20-year-old,” he said. “Before, I could barely even walk.”


Neighboring states' marijuana laws show just how bad Iowa is

This year is set to be another big one for drug reform in the United States. Not so in Iowa, where politicians with old-timey views on science and personal freedom insist on preserving strict prohibition.

Take a look at the six states bordering Iowa, ranging from staunchly conservative to moderately liberal, and you can see how embarrassing the situation is. Iowa already has some of the region’s harshest criminal penalties for marijuana possession, and there’s a good chance we will look even worse by comparison at the end of 2020.


Iowa Law Enforcement Keeping An Eye On Recreational Pot In Illinois

As of the New Year, Iowans can go just over the Mississippi River into neighboring Illinois to buy recreational marijuana. Now that sales are legal in the Prairie State, some officials in Iowa are warning residents to be mindful of state law.

Despite the law change in Illinois, it is still illegal to transport the drug across state lines or to drive impaired. 

Sergeant Alex Dinkla of the Iowa State Patrol says officers will likely be keeping an eye out for potentially impaired drivers, especially in the eastern part of the state.


Hemp In Iowa – Update

The open comment period for Iowa’s proposed hemp production rules and regulations kicked off last week.

Feedback on the the proposed administrative rules regulating planting, growing and harvesting of commercial hemp in Iowa will be accepted until January 22. On that day, a public hearing will also be held where interested parties can present their views verbally or in writing.


Iowa marks the first year of medical marijuana sales with looming questions about its future

Twice a month, Wendy Shoemaker visits a Windsor Heights shopping center to pick up something she believes has changed her life.

Her destination, a storefront with two-leaf plant images on the windows, is a dispensary that sells medical marijuana products. Next door is a Nepalese and Indian restaurant. Across the street is a B-Bop's burger chain.

Shoemaker, 51, entered the dispensary on a recent November afternoon slowly, with the help of a cane. She sat on minimalist furniture, near computer screens set up to help customers with their purchases. The process, she said, can feel like visiting an Apple store.


Iowa farmers can cash in on growing hemp industry in 2020

Iowa farmers will have the opportunity next year to begin growing hemp.

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued regulations pertaining to the production of industrial hemp. The growth of the fairly new crop, licensing and testing procedures, and possible destruction of plants that fall short of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, requirements will be governed by the rules.

The move came as a sigh of relief for farmers who are struggling financially, especially after the trade dispute between the U.S. and China negatively affected sales of traditional harvests. It is believed that hemp-derived cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, will create new revenue.


Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board to consider adding more qualifying conditions

Iowa’s Medical Cannabidiol Board will consider changes to the state’s limited medicinal cannabis program on Friday, including petitions to add new medical conditions that qualify patients to participate in it. The board will also consider a proposal to replace a 3% limit on THC in medical marijuana products with a purchase limit on the high-inducing cannabinoid.


Mayor of Jamaica, Iowa, gets probation after growing marijuana in her home

The mayor of Jamaica, Iowa, and her husband were arrested in January after a search for a shooting suspect led deputies to the mayor's door, behind which they found pots of marijuana.

LaDonna Kennedy, 51, then the mayor of Jamaica, a central Iowa town with about 220 residents, was sentenced Friday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to manufacturing, delivering or possessing drugs with the intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. 


Chronic pain to be added to Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program

Iowa’s Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board has reportedly approved chronic pain as an additional qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabidiol program. Well, sort of additional.

As the program’s name suggests, Iowa’s focuses on medicines containing cannabidiol (CBD), with THC levels restricted to no more than 3%. Medicines can be administered in oral, topical, nebulized, suppository or vaporized forms – but smoking of products is not permitted.


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