Iowa legislature approves cannabis oil; heads to governor's desk - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Iowa legislature approves cannabis oil; heads to governor's desk

Posted: Updated:
DES MOINES (AP) -

The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill legalizing the use of a form of marijuana oil to treat chronic epilepsy.

The measure passed the House 75-20 and the Senate 38-8 at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday as lawmakers pushed toward adjournment. It goes to Gov. Terry Branstad.

It allows the medical use of oil derived from the cannabis plant as a last-resort treatment for seizures caused by a chronic form of epilepsy.

The oil cannot be smoked and doesn't create a high. It would have to be obtained in another state that produces it.

A written recommendation from a neurologist is required. Patients and caregivers must acquire a registration card from Iowa's Department of Public Health.

Mothers of children with epilepsy lobbied lawmakers and are credited with changing minds of many.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.