"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."

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Iowans for Medical Marijuana

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Iowans for Medical Marijuana began in 1990 when Carl Olsen and two Iowans who receive marijuana legally from the federal government, George McMahon and Barbara Douglass, decided to form an organization to educate Iowans about the medical benefits of cannabis. George and Barbara are also original directors of POT's Board of Directors (Patients Out of Time) (www.medicalcannabis.com), a Virginia based, national medical cannabis educational organization created in 1995. Carl Olsen is also an original member of POT's Board of Advisors.
    In 2006, Iowans for Medical Marijuana incorporated in the state of Iowa for the specific purpose of presenting evidence to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy on marijuana's accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, because state and federal schedule I prohibit anything with accepted medical use in treatment in the United States from being included in that classification.
    In 2008, with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa (www.aclu-ia.org) and Patients Out of Time, we petitioned the Iowa Board of Pharmacy to find that the current classification of marijuana is unlawful.
    In 2010, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy ruled unanimously that marijuana is medicine and is no longer lawfully classified. Because our work has gotten so specialized, another organization has recently been formed to represent the interests of patients who are being denied legal access to marijuana in Iowa, Concerned Iowans for Medical Cannabis (CIMC) (www.iowansformedicalcannabis.com). We encourage you to sign up on their website to receive their updates. Their work is reflected in some of the media reports below:

Media Coverage in 2014

April 13, 2014
Muscatine Journal - Muscatine, Iowa
Legalize use of cannabis oil
April 11, 2014
KMA Radio - Shenandoah, Iowa
Forristal: medical marijuana bill unlikely this session
April 10, 2014
Press-Citizen - Iowa City, Iowa
Lawmakers must do the right thing on cannabis
April 10, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
Mothers' lobbying efforts spur Iowa medical marijuana bill
April 10, 2014
Radio Iowa - Des Moines, Iowa
More movement at statehouse over medical marijuana issue
April 9, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa View: Mothers’ plea to lawmakers: Approve medical cannabis
April 9, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
Medical marijuana backers winning hearts, votes in Iowa Legislature
April 9, 2014
Altoona Herald - Altoona, Iowa
Keeping in Touch: A step forward on cannabis bill
April 6, 2014
KGAN TV 2 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Should Iowa Legalize Medical Marijuana?
April 6, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
OUR OPINION: State of Iowa should legalize medical marijuana
April 5, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Cannabis oil bill has life; fireworks, gas tax don’t
April 2, 2014
KCCI TV 8 - Des Moines, Iowa
Lawmakers: Bipartisan medical marijuana bill in the works
April 2, 2014
KWWL TV 7 - Waterloo, Iowa
Poll: Three-fourths of US says pot will be legal
April 1, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Optimism after medical marijuana meeting
April 1, 2014
Globe Gazette - Mason City, Iowa
Backers of limited cannabis oil hopeful
April 1, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Branstad to hear pitch for medical cannabis
April 1, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Branstad remains skeptical of medical marijuana
March 31, 2014
River to River - Iowa Public Radio
Shifting Views on Medical Cannabis in the Iowa Legislature
March 29, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Chances improving for medical cannabis
March 28, 2014
The Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A choice between health, family
March 27, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Hatch pursues legalizing marijuana to treat seizures
March 27, 2014
KLJB TV 18 - Davenport, Iowa
Parent Wants Medical Marijuana Law Changed For Epileptic Child
March 27, 2014
WHO TV 13 - Des Moines, Iowa
STILL HOPE: ‘More Discussions’ On Medical Marijuana Bill
March 26, 2014
WHO TV 13 - Des Moines, Iowa
MEDICAL CANNABIS: Proposed Legislation Announced
March 26, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Hatch pitches plan for medical marijuana in Iowa
March 26, 2014
Iowa Horserace - Des Moines, Iowa
Jack Hatch backs scaled-back medical marijuana bill
March 26, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Hatch seeks late bid by Iowa Legislature to legalize medical marijuana
March 26, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
Hatch announces renewed medical marijuana effort in Iowa
March 26, 2014
KCCI TV 8 - Des Moines, Iowa
Hatch proposes rewriting marijuana bill
March 25, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Speakers plead for medical pot legalization
March 25, 2014
KAAL TV 6 - Rochester, Minnesota
Iowa Family at Mayo is Pushing for Rx Marijuana
March 25, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Iowa lawmaker proposes medical marijuana law change
March 25, 2014
The Daily Nonpareil - Council Bluffs, Iowa
Lawmakers continue push for medical marijuana
March 24, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
Medical marijuana advocates plead for legalization at Iowa Statehouse
March 24, 2014
WOI TV 5 - Des Moines, Iowa
Medical Marijuana Advocates at the Capitol
March 24, 2014
KCAU TV 9 - Sioux City, Iowa
Iowa Medical Marijuana Dead for This Legislative Session
March 24, 2014
Creston News Advertiser - Creston, Iowa
Lawmakers discuss marijuana for medical use
March 23, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa GOP chair calls for medical pot, leader calls for his ouster
March 22, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
A.J. Spiker: It's time to legalize medical marijuana
March 22, 2014
Waterloo Courier - Waterloo, Iowa
Lawmaker sees bipartisan movement in support of medical marijuana

Links

March 21, 2014
Iowa Press - Iowa Public Television
Medical Marijuana
March 21, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
Iowa lawmaker sees bipartisan support for medical marijuana
March 21, 2014
Globe Gazette - Mason City, Iowa
Iowa lawmaker sees bipartisan movement in support of medical marijuana
March 21, 2014
Ottumwa Courier - Ottumwa, Iowa
Rozenboom among senators calling for marijuana study
March 21, 2014
Radio Iowa - Des Moines, Iowa
Interim call to legalize medical marijuana just for epileptics
March 21, 2014
The Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Iowans Deserve the Choice of Treatment
March 21, 2014
The Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Medical marijuana’s time comes
March 20, 2014
KCRG TV 9 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dubuque Family Pushing for Medical Marijuana in Iowa
March 20, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa senators dive into marijuana issue
March 19, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Ten Iowa lawmakers request legislative study of medical marijuana
March 17, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
Poll: Iowans support marijuana for medicinal purposes
March 17, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Medical marijuana draws 81% support from Iowa voters in new poll
March 16, 2014
Waterloo Courier - Waterloo, Iowa
Some Iowa families move to Colorado for medical marijuana
March 15, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Branstad's board ignores sick Iowans
March 13, 2014
KWWL TV 7 - Waterloo, Iowa
Parents respond to Governor's marijuana comments
March 13, 2014
Press-Citizen - Iowa City, Iowa
Our View: Medical marijuana is a job for the Iowa Legislature
March 13, 2014
The Hawk Eye - Burlington, Iowa
Mike Sweet column
March 13, 2014
WHO TV 13 - Des Moines, Iowa
NO AUTHORITY: Pharmacy Board Won’t Regulate Medical Marijuana
March 13, 2014
The Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Iowa families, out of options, move to Colorado for medical marijuana
March 12, 2014
Press Citizen - Iowa City, Iowa
Area taking 'baby steps' on pot reform
March 12, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Iowa board rules against medical marijuana
March 12, 2014
Waterloo Courier - Waterloo, Iowa
Iowa pharmacy board denies medical marijuana petition
March 12, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Parents, patients ask Iowa board to change rules on marijuana
March 11, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Letter to the editor: Governor's view on marijuana for sick is insensitive
March 11, 2014
The Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Branstad’s medical marijuana stand is disappointing
March 8, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa View: Medical marijuana OK is a matter of mercy
March 8, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa View: Marijuana isn't recreational for Iowans with chronic pain
March 7, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Legislative leaders: Medical marijuana gaining traction
March 7, 2014
Ankeny Patch - Ankeny, Iowa
Iowa Lawmakers Warming to the Idea of Medical Marijuana
March 6, 2014
Times-Republican - Marshalltown, Iowa
Patients, experts tout benefits of medical marijuana
March 6, 2014
Altoona Herald - Altoona, Iowa
Iowa lawmakers: Medical marijuana gaining traction at Statehouse
March 5, 2014
KCCI TV 8 - Des Moines, Iowa
Lawmaker hopes to legalize medical marijuana next year
March 5, 2014
KCRG TV 9 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Doctors Tell Iowa Lawmakers Medical Marijuana Is Effective
March 2, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
59% back legalizing medical marijuana
February 27, 2014
Muscatine Journal - Muscatine, Iowa
Is it time for an ounce of cure?
February 26, 2014
Daily Iowegian - Centerville, Iowa
Family seeks medicinal marijuana
February 21, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Mackenzie: 'What if I die before the trial?'
February 21, 2014
WOI TV 5 - Ames, Iowa
Sick Iowans are not enough.
February 20, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Medical Marijuana Fails in Statehouse.
February 19, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
West Des Moines mayor, wife unlikely crusaders for medical pot.
February 18, 2014
WHO TV 13 - Des Moines, Iowa
STATEHOUSE HEARING: Medical Marijuana.
February 18, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Medical marijuana bill fails in Iowa.
February 18, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
Medical marijuana bill fails in Iowa.
February 18, 2014
The Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Iowa City lawmaker: Medical marijuana bill unlikely to move this session.
February 18, 2014
KCCI TV 8 - Des Moines, Iowa
Bill to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa introduced.
February 18, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Medical marijuana bill already dead, says sponsoring senator.
February 17, 2014
WHO Radio - Des Moines, Iowa
Simon Conway
Maria La France on legalizing medical marijuana.
February 10, 2014
WHO TV 13 - Des Moines, Iowa
MARIJUANA MOMS: Iowans Fighting For Their Kids.
January 30, 2014
KCCI TV 8 - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa mother fights to get medical marijuana for her son
January 14, 2014
WHO TV 13 - Des Moines, Iowa
MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Mother Makes Plea
January 14, 2014
WOI TV 5 - Des Moines, Iowa
Mom's Quest for Legal Cannabis

Some Media Coverage from the Iowa City Forum

City Channel 4 - Iowa City
Conversation about Medical Marijuana in Iowa - December 09, 2013

Dr. JenisonThe meeting featured a presentation by the former Medical Director of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. Dr. Jenison made a presentation on the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. In addition, several patients and family members presented their stories at the meeting. There were opportunities to ask questions about the New Mexico program and about the status of advocacy efforts in Iowa.

KCRG TV coverage of Iowa City Forum - Nov. 19, 2013
http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Iowa-City-Meeting-Discusses-Legalization-of-Medical-Marijuana--232612291.html

KGAN TV coverage of Iowa City Forum - Nov. 19, 2013
http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/features/featured/stories/ui-med-alum-ia-needs-med-marijuana-3002.shtml

Daily Iowan - coverage of Iowa City Forum - Nov. 20, 2013
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2013/11/20/Metro/35789.html

Daily Iowan Editorial - Nov. 20, 2013
http://www.dailyiowan.com/2013/11/20/Opinions/35772.html

WHO TV coverage of family that moved to Colorado to help epileptic daughter - Nov. 19, 2013
http://whotv.com/2013/11/19/marijuana-move-former-iowa-family-moves-to-colorado/

CR Gazette Todd Dorman column - Nov. 18, 2013
http://thegazette.com/2013/11/18/in-new-mexico-medical-marijuana-isnt-a-punch-line/

Press Citizen coverage - Nov. 18, 2013
http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013311190003

Press Citizen Editorial - Nov. 18, 2013
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20131118/OPINION03/311180011/Our-View-Time-look-N-M-medical-marijuana-plan

Some Media Coverage from the Des Moines Forum

Dr. JenisonThe meeting featured a presentation by the former Medical Director of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. Dr. Jenison made a presentation on the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. In addition, several patients and family members presented their stories at the meeting. There were opportunities to ask questions about the New Mexico program and about the status of advocacy efforts in Iowa.

WHO TV coverage of Des Moines Forum - Dec. 1, 2013
http://whotv.com/2013/12/01/medical-marijuana-new-bill-to-be-debated-in-2014/

Marshalltown Times-Republican coverage of Des Moines Forum - Dec. 2, 2013
http://www.timesrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/566209/Iowa-lawmaker-still-seeking-medical-marijuana-law.html

ABC News WOI Ames/Des Moines - Dec. 2, 2013
http://www.myabc5.com/story/24117849/iowa-lawmaker-pushes-to-legalize-medical-marijuana
The highlight of the hearing on HF 22 was this quote from former state patrol officer ("road trooper") Clel Baudler, chair of the House Committee on Public Safety, regarding the unanimous ruling in favor of medical marijuana by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy in 2010:
“I still do not understand the board of pharmacy's decision to support medical marijuana and I sure as hell don't agree with it.”
Rep. Clel Baudler (former state trooper for 32 1/2 years), January 31, 2013, at the subcommittee hearing on HF22.  We don't understand why a former law enforcement officer is making medical decisions on behalf of Iowans.

December 1, 2010 - Iowa Department of Public Health Proposed Legislation

November 2, 2010 - Iowa Board of Pharmacy Meeting Agenda

October 31, 2010 - Press Release by Iowans for Medical Marijuana

September 28, 2010 - Iowa Pharmacy Board Order Denying Petition

September 28, 2010 - Iowa Board of Pharmacy Meeting Agenda

August 14, 2010 - Iowans for Medical Marijuana Withdraws from Coalition

July 12, 2010 - FOIA Response from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

June 30, 2010 - FOIA Response from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

June 29, 2010 - FOIA Response from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

June 1, 2010 - Iowa Pharmacy Board Meeting Minutes

May 17, 2010 - Response from Carl Olsen to Iowa Governor Chet Culver

May 13, 2010 - Response from Iowa Governor Chet Culver to Carl Olsen

April 18, 2010 - Iowa Medical Society Resolution Supporting Medical Marijuana

April 2, 2010 - Congressional Research Service - Medical Marijuana

March 24, 2010 - FOIA Response from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

March 23, 2010 - FOIA Request to U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

March 10, 2010 - Position Statement by Iowa Board of Pharmacy

February 17, 2010 - Press Release by Iowa Department of Public Health

For details, see McMahon v. Board of Pharmacy
Every review conducted by the federal statute that makes marijuana illegal has recommended legalization.
The first review, conducted by a commission authorized by the statute and published in 1972, found that, "No conclusive evidence exists of any physical damage, disturbances of bodily processes or proven human fatalities attributable solely to even very high doses of marihuana."
The last review, conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and published in 1988, found that, "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."
The Iowa Legislature passed a law recognizing marijuana as a medicine in 1979 and that law is now found in Iowa Code Chapter 124.206(7)(a)(2006).
Why is the Supreme Court of Iowa telling medical marijuana users they cannot present evidence of medical use to a jury? Here's why:

Iowa Marijuana Rescheduling Petition - May 2008 

Why is the Federal Government prosecuting medical marijuana users in states that have passed medical marijuana legislation? Here's why:

Federal Marijuana Rescheduling Petition - May 2008 

DEA Final Ruling - Marijuana Rescheduling Petition - December 2008 

IMM Press Release - December 2007

Press Release - December 2008

United States v. Lynch - Amicus Curiae - July 20, 2008