Iowa

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Oct

Electric payment options considered for new medical marijuana access in Iowa

The state’s new medical marijuana program is ready to kick off its expanded operations come Dec. 1. But growers and sellers of the product are finding they have to address a point of sale much differently than any other industry.

In response to federal law, one of Iowa’s cannabidiol manufacturers is in the process of setting up an alternative electronic payment system for its customers, said Lucas Nelson, general manager of outsourcing services for Kemin Industries, MedPharm Iowa’s lead consultant.

“There are a range of alternative electric payment options that companies have been working on and developing,” Nelson said. “Those are the types of things we’re looking at for our dispensaries.”

Thu
03
May

CBD company organizes patients to fight for better medical marijuana

A CBD company has organized medical marijuana patients in Iowa to improve the state’s medical marijuana program.

In Iowa, medical marijuana patients want access to stronger medicine. Petitioning lawmakers to change the state’s restrictive medical marijuana regulations, patients, led by CBD company MedPharm, appeared at the Statehouse in Des Moines. Here’s a look at the legislation Iowans are looking to change, and the long road to reform ahead.

Iowa’s Restrictive Medical Marijuana Program

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30
Apr

Iowa medical marijuana industry says future remains hazy

Serious questions linger about the fate of medical marijuana in Iowa as Republican lawmakers find themselves considering an eleventh-hour deal that would expand the program to more patients.

The state's sole manufacturer of medical cannabis oil worries that, once sales begin in about seven months, many patients will realize treatment would be unaffordable, impractical or unobtainable due to restrictions placed on the fledgling industry. The lack of a robust market, in turn, would jeopardize access for those who still could benefit.

"We've provided some false hope," said Sen. Joe Bolkcom, an Iowa City Democrat who has backed efforts to expand access to medical marijuana. "There are thousands of Iowans counting on us to deliver."

Tue
03
Apr

Iowa announces first medical cannabis dispensaries

The state only allows low-THC cannabis oils and has just one licensed producer — a combination that has caused supply problems for medical marijuana patients in other states.

This week, the Iowa Department of Public Health announced that it has granted the state's first-ever medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Health department officials received a total of 21 dispensary applications by the deadline of March 9th, and have approved five of them so far, while denying another six.

Wed
28
Mar

Iowa approved 5 marijuana stores. Does that mean you can soon get legal pot?

Iowa plans to dip its toe into the world of legal medical marijuana sales in December, but anyone who’s expecting the state to become a pot-smoker’s paradise is a little hazy on the details.

Here’s what is really expected to happen:

Participation will be sharply restricted

To buy the products, Iowans will need a permit from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Fewer than 400 of Iowa’s 3 million residents now have one. Even medical marijuana proponents are only hoping to see 12,000 approved participants in the first two years. That’s less than one-half of 1 percent of Iowa’s population.

Tue
13
Feb

Iowa: Nearly 22 potential Medical Marijuana dispensary owners show interest in program

Iowans overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, but they don't support allowing recreational uses, an Iowa Poll from 2017 shows. Wochit

Iowa plans to launch a limited medical-marijuana program in late 2018.(Photo: Mark Marturello/The Register)Buy Photo

Iowa’s fledgling medical-marijuana program has drawn interest from 22 potential cannabis shop owners, including people already involved in the business in other states. 

Thu
04
Jan

Cannabis oil openly sold by Iowa stores without state permits, despite legal questions

Iowans who want to buy cannabis oil to treat a range of ailments don’t have to wait a year for state officials to set up a tightly regulated distribution system – because versions of the products already are for sale on store shelves.

State and federal officials say the oils, known as cannabidiol or CBD, are marijuana products that shouldn’t be sold in unregulated stores. “It’s illegal,” said Andrew Funk, executive director of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. Police in two towns have recently seized products from store shelves.

Fri
10
Nov

10 States that smoke the least marijuana

We've previously told you about the 10 states that smoke the most marijuana. Unsurprisingly, states with legalized cannabis finished near the top of the list. But most states in America do not have legal recreational marijuana, writes Joseph Misulonas. So the real question is, which states smoke the least marijuana?

Wed
13
Sep

AG tells agency to halt part of Iowa's medical marijuana law

Andrew Brisbo is with the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation in the state's licensing department.

It says giving dispensaries, which are operating under a legal cloud, three months to close allows them time to wind down and patients time to connect with caregivers.

Michigan's medical marijuana board will receive guidance on its authority to close dispensaries until the state begins issuing licenses under a new regulatory system.

Starting in mid-December, medical marijuana businesses will be able to apply for licenses to operate.

As we have eported on numerous occasions, one of the biggest issues as MI moves into a regulated system is how the State will treat license applicants who have operated prior to receiving a license.

Thu
03
Aug

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.

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