Legislators search for compromise on medical marijuana bill

Legislators search for compromise on medical marijuana bill

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Medical marijuana may soon grow in Iowa if the state Senate and House can come to a compromise in the final hours of this legislative session. The House is expected to debate the issue Thursday evening. Lawmakers have spent most of the day caucusing behind closed doors. The Senate already passed an expansion plan for medical marijuana, but the House is against it. Rep. Clel Baudler, R-Adair, had harsh words for the bill. “There’s nothing good about it at all,” Baudler said. The bill in the Senate increases the number of qualifying conditions to more than 12. It also would allow for producers and retailers in the state. "It is within spitting distance of full-blown recreational marijuana,” Baudler said. Members of one central Iowa family said they are watching the moves very closely. "We may be moving to Colorado if we can’t get this passed into law,” Coral Davis said. Coral Davis’ son, Colin, has ulcerative colitis — a disease included in the Senate’s legislation. The House’s new version would include fewer conditions. Colin Davis’ auto-immune disease does not make the cut, the Davis family said they may just leave the state. "It would be a big change, but I feel like it would be a vital change ’cause where I am at right now in Iowa is not where I want to be,” Colin Davis said. Colin spent early April in Colorado taking a cannabis oil that noticeably helped his symptoms. His mom said they want to stay in Iowa, but not without access to medical marijuana. "If I know there is something out there that can heal this and I have proof from other people that have used it, and just seeing in less than two weeks what it did for him, I […]

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