“I think Iowa is just a great state,” she said. “I’m excited to be able to do cards there. The card process is simple and straightforward and there’s not any excessive burden to the person getting the card or to the person filling out the paperwork.”
Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said he doesn’t think the House’s bill will pass in the Senate, where both Democrats and Republicans introduced bills at the 25-gram limit.
Rep. Jarad Klein, R-Keota, who introduced the House bill, couldn’t be reached for comment.
State lawmakers divided on how to advance
The board’s recommendation includes provisions allowing doctors to waive the 4.5-gram purchasing cap if they determine that the limit is too low, and it allows the limit to be waived for terminally ill patients.
Instead, Fenner had a spinal pump inserted that used Prialt, a cone-snail venom that paralyzes the damaged nerves and allows him to use his leg, but a significant amount of pain remained.
Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program, which began in December 2018, allows patients with certain conditions to be certified for medical products containing up to 3 percent THC—the main chemical in cannabis that causes the “high” and helps with some conditions like chronic pain.
The biggest problem Shah said he saw in the program is the difficulty of access to doctors that will certify patients for the medical cannabidiol program.
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