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Iowa considers medical marijuana


(DES MOINES) AP--Iowa lawmakers are considering a medical marijuana bill, even though its sponsor says it's probably doomed.

Under the bill, restricted marijuana use would be legal to help the pain and nausea for those with cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease and certain chronic illnesses.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, an Iowa City Democrat, filed the bill last week. He says he's gotten e-mails from people whose pain medication is ineffective.

The bill calls for not-for-profit centers to acquire, cultivate and deliver marijuana and related supplies to qualifying patients.

The bill is likely to fail because it doesn't have enough support to pass another legislative deadline.

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