A restricted bill that would legalize the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil has been deemed worthy of debate by Iowa lawmakers, and will most likely be up for discussion within the next few weeks. If successful, the bill in question, House File 2384, would permit patients suffering with “debilitating medical conditions” to apply for a “cannabidiol registration card,” which if granted, would allow them to legally possess and consume cannabidiol.
In order for one’s card application to be considered, that person must be able to provide written documentation showing that they have been under the care of a “healthcare practitioner” for some type of debilitating condition for a period of at least six months. Furthermore, the patient’s practitioner must be able to prove that all other forms of medication have been exhausted to no avail.
Said bill would also permit the establishing of “medical cannabidiol manufacturers” by the state’s Department of Health, who would also be responsible for designing “procedures for medical cannabidiol manufacturers to obtain licenses.” The bill’s language denotes a “debilitating medical condition” as:
- Intractable epilepsy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cancer, “if a healthcare practitioner has determined a prognosis for a patient of less than twelve months of life.”
Oy vey. Now that’s what I would refer to as a restrictive bill. But, regardless of how overregulated the bill may be, there is still an overwhelming majority of Iowans that would like to see some form of medical cannabis legalized in their state. In fact, the latest surveys stipulate that approximately 75 to 80 percent of Iowa residents are in favor of this piece of legislation in particular, which is a sign of the times. Folks around the nation are seemingly becoming more aware about the beneficial attributes that the cannabis plant has to offer all mankind, and are tired of our beloved government’s propaganda that perpetuates falsehoods that only insult those that possess a shred of intelligence. It’s way past time to stand up for your civil rights, and you can do so by getting involved on a grass roots level and “be the change.” Hopefully this incredibly modest improvement in Iowa will snowball into more meaningful legislation that represents the mentality of the Iowan people.