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WIRE: Iowa Gov vetoes medical cannabis expansion bill

Des Moines, IA — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has vetoed legislation, House File 732, that would have amended the state’s low-THC access program.

The proposal would have expanded the pool of health professionals eligible to recommend medical cannabis products and would have opened the program up to those with severe or chronic pain. It also removed the three percent THC cap on medical cannabis products.

Governor Reynolds said that she opposed changes to the law that would have allowed qualified patients to possess products with greater quantities of THC.

In her veto message, she stated: “Ultimately, I believe Iowa must proceed cautiously to ensure that any expansion of our medical CBD program is thoughtful and deliberate. … So I look forward to working with the Legislature and the Medical Cannabidiol Board to find an evidence-based THC limit that we can work to enact along with the rest of the provisions in House File 732 that I support. The health and safety of Iowans is too important for us not to get this right.”

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.

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