DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use likely is dead for this session.
A Senate subcommittee approved the bill Monday, but the panel’s chairman, Iowa City Sen. Joe Bolkcom, says the proposal likely won’t go further because there isn’t support for it in a full committee.READ MORE: Kao Ly Ilean Her, First Hmong Woman Admitted To MN Bar, Dies At 52
The bill would allow patients with a qualifying condition, such as cancer, to get a prescription for medical marijuana. Nonprofit dispensaries could provide marijuana to eligible patients.
Bill advocates with illnesses like multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder testified Monday that marijuana was a better alternative to synthetic prescription drugs.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 1,300 New Cases, 9 More Deaths Reported As Statewide Mask Mandate Is Set To Be Lifted
Republican subcommittee member Sen. Joni Ernst opposed the bill, saying it would be difficult to ensure dispensaries wouldn’t sell marijuana to people without a prescription.
A House subcommittee has rejected a similar bill.MORE NEWS: Twin Cities Pride Festival Announces Return This July With COVID Modifications In Place
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