Iowa Senate bill would allow more potent medical marijuana
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers may vote on a bill on medical marijuana in the coming days, although it's unclear if there's enough time before the session ends.
A Senate committee voted 11-3 on Monday to advance a bill to eliminate a cap on THC in the cannabis oil that goes on sale Dec. 1 in five Iowa dispensaries. THC is the compound associated with marijuana's psychoactive effects.
The bill would also exempt cannabis oil from sales tax and expand eligible medical conditions to any that a doctor says is medically beneficial.
MedPharm Iowa, the state's first cannabis oil manufacturer, says eliminating a cap on THC is needed to create a large enough market for medical marijuana sales. As of last week, about 700 permits have been issued to Iowa patients and caregivers.
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