Iowa’s bipartisan, bicameral Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee has voted in support of legalizing the distribution and private cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. The committee also voted to recommend that the federal government and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy reschedule cannabis away from its current scheduling (schedule 1) which declares it as dangerous as heroin and other hard drugs.
The committee of five Republicans and five Democrats was established in response to a law which took effect in Iowa on July 1st; the law legalized the possession and use of cannabidiol for those with seizure disorders, though the law established no means for a patient to obtain the medicine legally.
The committee voted 6 to 4 (with just one Republican voting in favor) to recommend legalizing cannabis distribution and cultivation. The vote was much more conclusive – 9 to 1 – when calling for a rescheduling of cannabis to schedule 2.
Unfortunately the committee’s vote isn’t legally binding, and instead is meant as a recommendation to the legislative body as a whole. The vote, however, will certainly have an impact on the conversation moving forward, and will hopefully lead to further reform in the upcoming session.