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Lawmakers discuss marijuana for medical use

Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 11:06 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014 11:33 a.m. CDT

The Iowa Legislature entertained the discussion of medical marijuana, but no action will be taken to pass a bill during the 2014 session.

No Republican supported the bill when it was introduced in the Iowa Senate, but lawmakers who support the idea hope to continue to educate each other and research the benefits for another discussion next year.

The main concerns were how to regulate the drug and the steps to bypass a federal law at the state level.

While the Iowa Legislature starts to research and debate the topic, Iowa’s Governor, Republican Terry Branstad, has said he is leery of passing medical marijuana. He is currently seeking a sixth term as Iowa’s Governor.

“I think we have to be careful about drafting our laws just for a few people that have a particular problem or ailment,” Branstad said during a recent press conference.

A recent Quinnipiac University Poll found that a majority of Iowans — 87 percent in favor — support the idea of allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical use.

On the other hand, Iowans had the lowest support for the legalization of recreational use for marijuana of all states included in the poll, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll’s assistant director Peter Brown.

Iowa is not the only state facing the pressure to discuss if it will join the 20 states and the District of Columbia that already have laws in place for medical marijuana.

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