Yesterday in Council Bluffs, the Board of Pharmacy examiners held their final of four hearings on the medical value of marijuana. A final decision for the Statehouse is expected by the time the legislature reconvenes in January. According to Susan Frey, the board’s vice chair, via Radio Iowa:
“We have received copious amounts of information and each board member will receive all of that information and they will go through it,” she says. “We take this very, very seriously and it will be something that we spend a lot of time on and analyze thoroughly in order to make a good decision.”
On October 8, IowaPolitics.com reported (subscription required) that the board is likely to recommend legalizing marijuana for medical use.
In related news, Maine residents voted on Tuesday to broaden access to medical marijuana in the state. Meanwhile, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has introduced legislation that would prevent a newly formed commission on criminal justice reform (courtesy of Senators Jim Webb and Arlen Specter) to even discuss drug legalization, including that of medical marijuana “the extent to which it would be decriminalization.”Related articles:
The Cannabis Crusade: Could Iowa become the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana?
Grassley: “Illegal Drug Use Costs Society at Least As Much As Genocide”