By a wide, bipartisan margin the Commerce Committee in the Iowa House has voted to legalize cannabis to treat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and end-stage cancer.
It’s a scaled back version of legislation that was considered in the Iowa Senate last year. Republican Representative Zach Nunn of Bondurant urged his colleagues to “keep an open mind” about the changes. The vote was 17 in favor and six opposed and it’s now eligible for debate in the 100-member House, although the speaker of the House has indicated the state should let federal officials decide the issue first. Representative John Forbes, a Democrat from Urbandale who is a pharmacist, says a study published in a medical journal last June shows medical marijuana “is NOT a gateway to more illegal use.” [WNAX]In accordance with the kurtz template South Dakota's legislature snuffed out industrial cannabis but is expected to continue debate on legalization of cannabidiol (CBD).