Entries Tagged as 'Medical Marijuana'

For Medical Marijuana, a New Foe

December 23rd, 2010 · 5 Comments

In his ongoing battle to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa, Des Moines activist Carl Olsen has encountered a new foe: the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP). For the new legislative session next month, the office plans to propose that the Statehouse remove a dormant section of the Iowa Code granting marijuana conditional medical [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · December 2010 · Gavin Aronsen · Medical Marijuana · Under the Radar

Pharmacy Board to Pot Activist: It’s up to the Legislature Now

September 30th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Update: Carl Olsen, in a comment below, clarifies that he will not petition the Board of Pharmacy to place marijuana in any particular schedule. He writes, “I just know it does not meet the statutory criteria for either Schedule I or Schedule II. If the board puts it into Schedule III, I’ll evaluate that to [...]

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The Search for a Medical Marijuana Rule-Maker

September 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Read the Progressive’s follow-up to the board’s September 28 meeting here. It’s been seven months since the Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted to recommend that the state Legislature create a task force to help establish rules for marijuana’s medical use, but in the time that’s followed no one has taken any action. This has placed [...]

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Tags: AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · Medical Marijuana · September 2010 · Under the Radar

Medical Marijuana’s Uncertain Path Forward

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

On the afternoon of February 17, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously to recommend that the state Legislature revise its cannabis laws to allow for the plant’s medical use. The board’s decision was the expected end result of four public forums held across the state last fall, which convened following a lawsuit spearheaded by [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · March 2010 · Medical Marijuana · News

Iowa’s Medical Marijuana Hearings Draw to a Close

November 5th, 2009 · No Comments

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 [...]

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Tags: Blogs · Gavin Aronsen · Gavin's Journal · Medical Marijuana

The Cannabis Crusade

August 27th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Could Iowa become the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana? In 1990, Carl Olsen tells me, he had an epiphany. It’s the year that he met George McMahon at a rally outside the state Capitol building, and McMahon was smoking pot. “I had never met a person that was legally smoking marijuana before,” Olsen recalls. [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · Gavin Aronsen · Medical Marijuana · September 2009