Despite the rising popularity of medical marijuana across the United States, not all are in support. The state of Iowa is one place where medical marijuana and its derivatives have not been welcomed. Lawmakers in Iowa have maintained that both the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is absolutely illegal. The possession of any quantity of Cannabis sativa will result in a jail sentence of not less the six months. Under the Iowa law, people caught with cannabis could be fined about $1,000. Also, the sale or cultivation of cannabis can result in a prison sentence of about five years maximum.
Despite the stiff opposition to cannabis, lawmakers in the state of Iowa have reportedly legalized Cannabidiol (CBD) with the Medical Cannabidiol Act which was signed into law by Governor Terry Branstad in 2014. CBD is a chemical compound found in industrial hemp, a variety of Cannabis sativa. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not get you high. Studies show that CBD has many medicinal benefits that could come in handy for sick people.
Lawmakers legalized CBD products under the premise that it does contain high levels of THC. As per the law, all CBD products must contain less the 0.3 percent of THC. The Iowa law legalizing CBD states that this compound can be used to cure medical conditions such as AIDS, cancer, seizures, and other conditions. Also, CBD products can be used for conditions that leave people with a life expectancy of less than one year.
The CBD laws in Iowa also states that only licensed manufacturers can produce and sell CBD products in the state. Those interested in selling or manufacturing CBD products must apply to state authorities. The application process is strict, and the fees are quite high. The law also ban the sale of CBD products across the state’s border lines.
As of January 2019, lawmakers in Iowa have reportedly given less a 1,000 people the right to buy CBD products for their ailments. Due to the strict nature of the laws, most people think CBD products are illegal in Iowa.
Medical marijuana and CBD enthusiasts in Iowa are worried about the future. Efforts to get lawmakers to change the laws have fallen on deaf ears. Supporters have called for a review and expansion of the law. However, nothing concrete has come of it. The governor of Iowa, Gov. Kin Reynolds, is not a fan of medical marijuana or CBD products. When she was asked what she taught about medical marijuana reforms she reportedly said “no.”
Late last year, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. As per the Farm Bill, farmers across the US can legally grow industrial hemp.