According to KCCI, the issue of legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Iowa is once again up to be debated in the upcoming legislative session.
Medical Marijuana has been legalized in 20 States in the USA, along with the District of Columbia. Advocates state that the drug eases the symptoms of certain illness, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinsons disease.
So far, it seems that Iowa has not taken as kindly to the policy that has been finding acceptance elsewhere. Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City supports legalizing the policy, and calls Iowa a “cautious state”. His plan is to offer bills reclassifying marijuana as a drug with medical benefits, and a medical marijuana program be created, based off of the system in New Mexico. Attempts for Iowa legalizing medical marijuana have failed in the past-despite the fact that surrounding states have accepted the policy.