Update on May 24, 2015
An amendment to H-1365
) was filed on May 20, 2015, by Representative Bob Kressig from Black Hawk County, but it was ruled non-germane
on March 20, 2015. H-1365
is mostly the same as HF 567
without the Senate amendment (S-3148
). So, the net result here is that the Republicans are trying to kill both SF 484
and the Senate Amendment to HF 567
Senate File 484 (SF 484
) would create 12 dispensaries in Iowa, add conditions to the list of conditions which marijuana can be used to treat, and add components of marijuana that were not included in last year's Medical Cannabidiol Act
. An amendment was added to reschedule marijuana (S-3123
) at the state level, but the amendment fails to address federal scheduling. The amendment passed by a vote of 44-0-6. SF 484
, as amended, passed in the Iowa Senate on April 15, 2015, by a vote of 26-19-5. Here are two amendments my senator had drafted by the Legislative Services Agency, but neither of them got filed: Amendment 1
, Amendment 2
House File 567 (HF 567
) (scheduling of other controlled substances) was passed in the House on March 17, 2015, and amended by the Senate on May 5, 2015. The amendment corrects the classification of marijuana and reduces some of the penalties for unauthorized use. Amendment S-3148
reclassifies marijuana at the state level, but fails to address federal scheduling. HF 567
was messaged to the House on May 6, 2015, and the Senate amendment is now H-1340
An amendment to HF 573
) was filed on March 11, 2015, by Representive Vicki S. Lensing from Johnson County, but it was withdrawn on March 12, 2015.
In 2014, Iowa enacted a bill allowing cannabidiol to be recommended for epilepsy by a neurologist
, but that bill does not provide any means of production or access. The new law expires on July 1, 2017. Cannabidiol is an extract from the marijuana plant. Marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled substance, a classification more restrictive than the classification of opium plants.
In order to grow marijuana and produce the cannibidiol, marijuana needs to be in a less restrictive classification such as the same classification opium plants are in (prescription morphine is extracted from opium plants). Opium plants are a schedule 2 controlled substance, both at the state and federal level.
Reclassifying marijuana to at least schedule 2 is a necessary step toward federal reclassification. Please read the December 17, 2014, position statement
of the American Academy of Neurology requesting the reclassification of marijuana to schedule 2. And, please read the January 20, 2015, position statement
of the American Academy of Pediatrics requesting the reclassification of marijuana to schedule 2.