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Iowa House Subcommittee Refuses to Pass Medical Marijuana Bill

Iowa officials rejected on Thursday a proposal that would let doctors prescribe marijuana to patients with debilitating medical conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Rep. Clel Baudler, (R-Greenfield), a retired Iowa State Patrol trooper and one of the three members of the House subcommittee that reviewed House File 22, declared the bill won’t advance onto the full House Public Safety Committee for consideration this legislative session, the WCF Courier reports.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Hunter (D-Des Moines), sought to establish a medical marijuana act that would allow the possession and use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes. Under the measure, patients issued with registry identification cards would not be subject to arrest, criminal prosecution, civil penalty, or denied any right or privilege related to their medical use of marijuana.

But despite the reported usefulness of the drug to some patients, Baudler said the marijuana legalization measure is among the “stupidest bills that have been passed by this organization,” according to the Radio Iowa report.

As expected, the decision received mixed reactions from supporters and opposition. Critics argue there are prescription drugs currently available which provide similar benefits, and legalizing medical marijuana could lead to easy access of pot for recreational use. On the other hand, patients who suffer painful symptoms from debilitating maladies are not losing hope, urging legislators to give marijuana legalization measure a chance or at least investigate the use of medical marijuana.

As expected, the decision received mixed reactions from supporters and opposition. Critics argue there are prescription drugs currently available which provide similar benefits, and legalizing medical marijuana could lead to easy access of pot for recreational use. On the other hand, patients who suffer painful symptoms from debilitating maladies are not losing hope, urging legislators to give the marijuana legalization measure a chance or at least investigate the use of medical marijuana.

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