Currently there are just two people in Iowa who are authorized to use cannabis for medical reasons; the authorization comes courtesy of a federal program in which the government supplies their marijuana. This be about to change.
Yesterday, Wednesday November 24, 2010, the Iowa board of Pharmacy drew up a bill for consideration by the Legislature in January, 2011. If the bill is passed, marijuana will be reclassified as a Schedule II drug, thereby freeing it for use as a medicine just as with other prescription drugs.
Board Executive Director, Lloyd Jessen, counsels caution however by reminding us that the Board’s action amounts to a recommendation only and “they can react to it or ignore it.” He also explains that changing the classification of cannabis does not immediately free it up for medicinal use; before that can happen, the Legislature will need to set up a compassionate use program, specifying qualifying medical conditions as well as cultivation and supply arrangements.
Let’s see what January brings…