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Branstad will sign medical marijuana bill into law

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Gov. Terry Branstad says he will sign a bill legalizing the use of a medical marijuana product called cannabidiol.

Families with kids suffering from epilepsy went to Iowa lawmakers this year asking for lawmakers' help.

At first, Branstad opposed the marijuana product, saying he was worried about "unintended consequences" like drug abuse.

The medical marijuana product does have very small doses of THC, the chemical that gives users a high.

Friday, Branstad said he spoke with governors from Alabama and Utah where similar bills were passed. Branstad said he has empathy for families who believe the treatment helps.

The new law will allow neurologist to prescribe the medicine to epilepsy patients. However, the bill does not allow the distribution of the drug.

Branstad says he will sign the bill next week.

It will become law July 1.

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