Des Moines Register. Feb. 27 2016
Cannabis issue demands comprehensive approach.
There’s no question that Iowa’s two-year-old law on cannabis oil is an unworkable mess. It doesn’t do what the governor and some lawmakers pretended it would do, and has so far generated nothing but confusion and anger.
The law allows people with severe epilepsy to legally use doctor-approved cannabis oil. Or, rather, it purports to allow that. The truth is, the 2014 law conflicts with a longstanding state law that makes it illegal to manufacture or distribute cannabis oil in Iowa, and with a largely unenforced federal law that bars its transport across state lines.
In other words, Iowans can theoretically use doctor-approved cannabis oil to treat epilepsy, but they can’t buy it here, and they can’t transport it here from the states where it can be purchased legally.
And it gets worse. Last summer, the Register reported that the state’s cannabis-oil authorization program had spent more than $100,000 creating and issuing registration cards for cannabis oil users to just 50 people. That works out to $2,000 per card…