Iowa Medical Marijuana Bill Prospects Dim
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Iowa Medical Marijuana Bill Prospects Dim (DES MOINES – AP) Supporters of legislation that would expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa say lawmakers are running out of time this session to pass the bill.
A group known as Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis held a rally Tuesday outside the Capitol in support of a marijuana bill introduced earlier this session. They called out leaders in the Republican-controlled House, which currently has control of the measure.
Organizers say time is running out to take action on the bill, which would create a system for manufacturing, dispensing and possessing medical marijuana in Iowa. It could require approval in at least two more legislative committees and chamber votes before Gov. Terry Branstad would review it.
A message for House Republican leaders was not immediately returned Tuesday.
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawmaker is seeking to legalize medical marijuana oil in Alabama in a bid to help families dealing with serious epilepsy and other medical conditions.
State Rep. Mike Ball, a Republican, originally supported a piece of legislation called Carly’s Law in 2014, which sought to establish a cannabidiol study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Though Carly’s Law is widely considered a success, certain federal regulations led to restrictive qualifications that left several families still struggling for relief.
The House Judiciary Committee heard public testimony Wednesday on Ball’s new bill, also known as “Leni’s Law.” Families gathered with their children and requested immediate action, but opponents from the law enforcement and medical communities urged caution.
Leni Young, the legislation’s namesake, suffered a stroke in-utero and was diagnosed soon after birth with an epilepsy condition and a rare form of cerebral palsy. Multiple medications eventually reduced hundreds of daily seizures to just a few dozen, but her father Wayne Young said Wednesday they made her lethargic and rotted the toddler’s teeth.
After Leni was denied access to the UAB study, the Young family decided to leave their family and jobs in Alabama to move to Oregon, where they could legally access cannabidiol, also called CBD oil.
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- Connecticut lawmakers moved closer Monday toward allowing qualified patients under 18 to use medical marijuana;
- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking residents to say no to legalization initiative;
- Pittsburgh removes arrest penalties for marijuana possession;
- Minnesota medical marijuana company’s ads blocked by Google.