(Des Moines) It doesn’t appear a medical marijuana debate in the Iowa House will happen anytime soon if at all. The bill didn’t make it out of a sub-committee Thursday. Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler, is the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee.
“I listened to the people and everyone spoke eloquently against allowing medical marijuana in Iowa,” stated Baudler.
Baudler one of two Republican members of a House subcommittee that refused to pass House File 22 onto the full House Public Safety Committee for consideration this legislative session.
“I refused to sign and Joel Fry refused to sign and it will never pass with my vote, it may pass, but not with my vote,” said Baudler.
Baudler said experts from Blanks Children’s Hospital, Drug Free Iowa, FDA, and Youth and Shelter Services all spoke against the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
Supporters of House File 22 testified that medical marijuana helps relieve pain, nausea and other painful symptoms for people suffering from diseases such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis. Critics countered that there are prescription drugs currently available which provide similar benefits, and legalizing medical marijuana would provide easier access of cannabis for recreational use -- especially among young Iowans who already have a high treatment incidence for the addictive drug.
February 1, 2013