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Iowa Marijuana Legislature

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Iowa Congressman

Senators

Joni Ernst (R)

IOWA

 

Grade: D

Votes

 

Comments

While the Senator says she has supported the use of cannabis oil in the past, she says she is against the opening of those dispensaries, and the general use of medical marijuana. “What I would like to see happen first is to see concrete medical evidence that this can be appropriately controlled and utilized in a very very controlled manner,” says Ernst. “I would like to see additional research done on medical marijuana before we throw it at Iowans.”

 

Chuck Grassley (R)

IOWA

 

Grade: D-

Votes

 

Cosponsor

S. 3269 Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act

Comments

“I oppose moving marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug, based on the current science on the risks and benefits,” Grassley wrote in a statement released by his staff. “Recent studies suggest marijuana use by young people can cause long-term and possibly permanent damage to brain development.” However, he said, “for children suffering from severe epileptic seizures, the anecdotal evidence says components of the marijuana plant might help. I want to help those children. The key is aggressive medical research.” “Marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug,” said Grassley, who turns 80 next week. “It’s illegal under international law as well, and the treaty requires us to restrict its use to scientific and medical uses. These [legalization] laws flatly contradict our federal law. Some experts fear a Big Marijuana, a Starbucks of marijuana,” he lamented.

 
 

House of Representatives

 

Rod Blum (R) IOWA

 

Grade: B

Votes

 

Cosponsor

H.R. 1635: Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015

 

David Loebsack (D)

IOWA

 

Grade: B

Votes

Cosponsor

H.R. 1635: Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015
H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015

 

David Young (R)

IOWA

 

Grade: C

Votes

 

Cosponsor

H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015
H.R. 525: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

Comments

“Young said the legalization of medical marijuana in Iowa — a topic that has reached bipartisan support in the state — the decision comes down to access to the “safest and most effective” medical treatments. “If that is medical marijuana, than so be it,” he said on Sept. 11. Monday, however, Young maintained he does not favor state legalization. When asked if a quasi-interstate commerce system where users could transfer pot from some states such as Colorado back to Iowa, both he and Appel said accessibility of the drug should be had.” 10/5/2014 (Link)

 

Steve King (R)

IOWA

 

Grade: F

Votes

 

Comments

“For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that–they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” 7/20/2013 (Link)

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