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

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Iowans for Medical Marijuana

Update on November 19 Pharmacy Board Meeting

The ruling on our petition to remove marijuana from schedule 1 was deferred until January 5 because one of the board members, Jim Miller, said he hadn't had time to review the proposed ruling. You can read the proposed ruling here.
Or, you can watch the board chair read the recommended ruling:

Disclaimer

This site is not intended to provide legal or medical advice. We are not a medical marijuana provider. We do not do patient referals. We are simply providing links to information which may assist you in doing your own research. The primary purpose of this site is to address the question: Why is marijuana still in schedule 1?
November 23, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Medical marijuana advocates in Iowa hope for more
November 23, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
Expansion of medical marijuana rule sought in Iowa
November 19, 2014
Iowa Public Radio - Johnston, Iowa
Pharmacy Board Tables Marijuana Question Until January
November 19, 2014
The Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Iowa board delays decision on reclassifying marijuana
November 19, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Medical marijuana discussion tabled by pharmacy board
November 19, 2014
KCCI TV 8 - Des Moines, Iowa
Board considers changing Iowa's rules on marijuana
November 19, 2014
KCRG TV 9 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Iowa board delays decision on reclassifying marijuana
November 19, 2014
WHO TV 13 - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Board of Pharmacy Tables Marijuana Decision
November 19, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Medical marijuana gets another chance
November 18, 2014
KGAN TV 2 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Medical Marijuana under the Microscope
November 17, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Pharmacy regulators hear testimony on medical marijuana
November 17, 2014
KCRG TV 9 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
State board to again consider marijuana reclassification
November 17, 2014
KCCI TV 8 - Des Moines, Iowa
Board hears debate over reclassification of marijuana
November 17, 2014
WHO TV 13 - Des Moines, Iowa
Pharmacy Board Hears Case for Marijuana Reclassification
November 17, 2014
KCCI TV 8 - Des Moines, Iowa
Committee reviews how to classify marijuana in Iowa
November 16, 2014
The Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Epilepsy foundation awards Iowa City lawmaker’s efforts
November 7, 2014
The Daily Iowans - Iowa City, Iowa
Bolkcom talks medical marijuana ahead of session
November 4, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Medical marijuana gets fresh look from pharmacy board
October 17, 2014
Iowa Watchdog - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa law makes marijuana oil legal to possess but impossible to get
October 10, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Hatch: Iowa should allow medical marijuana distribution
September 28, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Smith disappoints on cannabis vote
September 26, 2014
Waterloo Courier - Waterloo, Iowa
Legislative candidates disagree on marijuana, minimum wage
September 19, 2014
KDSM TV 17- Des Moines, Iowa
Grimes Woman Wants Iowa’s Marijuana Law Expanded
September 16, 2014
KGAN TV 2- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Convicted IA Man in OR for Cannabis
September 16, 2014
The Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Playing doctor at the Capitol
September 15, 2014
Radio Iowa - Des Moines, Iowa
Hatch says new cannabis oil law ‘needs more work’
September 15, 2014
Muscatine Journal - Muscatine, Iowa
Branstad: Medical marijuana plans deserve a look — cautiously
September 15, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Stop Iowa's reefer madness
September 14, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Changes in medical marijuana law appear unlikely
September 12, 2014
KJAN Radio - Atlantic, Iowa
Iowa committee backs legalizing medical marijuana
September 12, 2014
WHO TV 13 - Des Moines, Iowa
Company Offers Solutions To Iowa’s Cannabis Law
September 11, 2014
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, Iowa
Iowa legislative panel supports medical pot change
September 11, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Panel backs medical-marijuana production
September 11, 2014
Fox TV 28 - Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cannabidiol Stands to Change Lives
September 11, 2014
North Iowa Today - Mason City, Iowa
Iowa Senator asks if state’s marijuana law is working as intended
September 11, 2014
Northern Iowan - Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cannabis law makes use impossible
September 10, 2014
Radio Iowa - Des Moines, Iowa
Debate over implementing Iowa’s cannabis oil law continues
September 10, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Demonstrators rally for Mackenzie
September 9, 2014
New York Post - New York, NY
Cancer patient avoids prison for growing marijuana
September 9, 2014
Associated Press
Cancer patient avoids prison for growing marijuana
September 9, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Dying Iowan convicted of drug charges gets probation
September 9, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Mackenzies sentenced to probation
September 8, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Pot-growing cancer patient hopes for probation
September 6, 2014
The Dispatch - Moline, Illinois
Cancer-stricken Mackenzie prepares for pot sentencing
September 2, 2014
Globe Gazette - Mason City, Iowa
More comprehensive medical marijuana law needed (Globe Gazette editorial)
August 26, 2014
Waterloo Courier - Waterloo, Iowa
Families, patients frustrated with Iowa medical marijuana law
August 26, 2014
KCRG TV 9 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dubuque Family Frustrated by Lack of Progress on Cannabis Oil Law
August 26, 2014
Des Moines Register - Des Moines, Iowa
Medical marijuana 'light years away' for Iowa families
August 13, 2014
KTIV TV 4 - Sioux City, Iowa
LAW REVIEW: Making sense of Iowa's medical marijuana law
August 13, 2014
Radio Iowa - Des Moines, Iowa
Six Iowa locations for public hearing on new cannabis oil law
July 14, 2014
Quad City Times - Davenport, Iowa
Iowa man seeks court help in getting marijuana reclassified
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.

    National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) - November 12, 2010
    Iowa Board Approved Medical Marijuana Recommendation to Legislature
    National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) - March 3, 2010
    Iowa Board of Pharmacy Recommends Classifying Marijuana as Schedule II Drug

    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: