‘Our time is running out’: Future of Iowa’s medical marijuana bill up in the air

April 25th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »


MedPharm Iowa held a ribbon cutting at their medical marijuana production facility in Des Moines on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.
Kelsey Kremer, kkremer@dmreg.com

Cheryl Tuttle was thrilled when she first heard there was momentum at the Iowa Capitol to update the state’s medical marijuana program.

Under the existing law, the 63-year-old retired nurse from Urbandale can use capsules, creams and oils containing THC — the chemical that makes recreational marijuana users high — to treat severe back and leg pain caused by arthritis and curvature of the spine.

But Tuttle said the law’s 3% cap on THC in such products prohibits her from getting full relief. She had hoped lawmakers were on the brink of passing a bill that would replace the percentage cap with a gram measurement that could give some products more potency.

Now, with perhaps just days left until this year’s legislative session ends, Tuttle fears lawmakers could wind up further limiting how much THC she can obtain. “I’d probably be better off if they just leave it the way it is,” she said.