The 2014 Iowa legislative session is now over. And this year lawmakers made history by passing a law that legalizes cannabis oil for medical purposes It’s a form of medical marijuana that can be used to treat patients with epilepsy.
Under the bill, patients are limited to 32 ounces of cannabis oil each time and must have a prescription from an in-state neurologist. The oil cannot be smoked and doesn’t create a high.
But some local law enforcement officials believe this is a step in the wrong direction.
“Any time you get a marijuana law passed, whether it’s cannabis oil or any type of cannabis, it’s going to open the door and they’re going to push harder next year because this is the first step,” said Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals.
The bill does not allow cannabis oil to be grown, sold or distributed in Iowa. That means patients would have to go somewhere like Colorado to get the oil.
The governor has 30 days to decide if he’ll sign the bill into law.