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: