Every state in the United States has undergone drastic changes when it comes to laws around marijuana. Some states have completely legalized marijuana usage for both medical and recreational purposes while others are still on their way to decriminalized marijuana. Iowa has not been left behind in this quest.
Iowa is stricter when it comes to recreational marijuana. If you are found in possession of even a small amount of weed, you will be charged with a misdemeanour crime! However, there are many states that arrest you if you are found in possession of weed multiple times. In the case of Iowa, it will just be considered as a misdemeanour but not as a felony!
One may wonder, what is legal in Iowa when it comes to Marijuana. Cannabis is completely legal if it is taken for medical purposes. When it comes to medical marijuana, you will be allowed to take Cannabidiol (CBD). In addition to the CBD, you can even take 3% or less of THC oil or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol oil. But, before you can buy any of these permitted forms of marijuana, you must most certainly be eligible for it.
Who Are Eligible for Legal Marijuana in Iowa?
In order for you to be eligible for legal marijuana, you must qualify first. If you suffer from any one of the following ailments, you are eligible to consume medical marijuana.
– Hepatitis C
– Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
– Parkinson’s Disease
– Crohn’s Disease
– Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
– Multiple Sclerosis
– Ulcerative Colitis
– Tourette’s Syndrome
– Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Chronic disease or debilitating medical condition,
– Medical condition who’s treatment gives you tremendously, Intractable pain
– Any chronic or debilitating medical condition that produces one or more of the following:
– Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
– Severe nausea
– Certain seizures
– Certain muscle spasms
– Terminal illnesses
– All the medical conditions or the treatment that is approved by the Department of Public Health
There are many ailments that are being added in addition to the above ones on a regular basis. The medical marijuana advisory board takes care of everything related to marijuana in Iowa.
In addition to having one of the above-listed ailments, you must also qualify with the following conditions:
– You must be a resident of Iowa
– You must be able to produce a valid Iowa I.D. or proof of residency
– You must get medical records that prove that you have one of the above ailments
– You must also have written documentation that you are a qualified patient. You must get it only from a licensed physician
– Get the approval by the State of Iowa by getting a Medical Marijuana Card
At first, when marijuana was legalized in Iowa, patients had great difficulty of getting their hands on legal marijuana. There were no dispensaries in Iowa that sold medical marijuana. That meant patients had to turn to neighboring states for marijuana. However, interstate transfer of marijuana is illegal as it is a Schedule I controlled drug.
But when the governor agreed with House File 524 in 2017, the patients had a reason to rejoice. Now various companies can produce and sell Cannabis in Iowa after they get approved by the Department of Public Health.
Licensed Dispensaries Around Iowa
The State has five dispensaries around Iowa that are licensed to serve marijuana to the patients. Iowa’s first ever licensed medical store that can sell medical marijuana is MedPharma Iowa.
Every dispensary is serving their patients with marijuana in three different forms – creams, capsules, and tinctures. Tincture comprises of crushed CBD mixed with Palm oil and coconut oil to maximize the medical value.
According to the reports produced by the Iowa Department of Public Health, there are not many people who have received their Medical Marijuana Card. A lot of people are still waiting for their turn to receive the required medical marijuana to heal their ailments. Therefore, pleas are being made to open more and more dispensaries.
The dispensaries that are currently open for patients with medical marijuana card are:
– MedPharma Iowa
Located at 5700 Sunnybrook Drive, Sioux City, IA 51106
– Have A Heart Compassionate Care
Located at 3615 9th Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51501
– MedPharm Iowa
Located at 7229 Apple Valley Drive, Windsor Heights, IA 50324
– Iowa Cannabis Company
Located at 1955 La Porte Road, Waterloo, IA 50702
– Have A Heart Compassionate Care
Located at 2222 E. 53rd St., Davenport, IA 52807
Before the clinic of MedPharma was opened, people would queue up to get themselves checked to see if they are eligible for medical weed. So, without any products around, the staff had a chance to get a first-hand experience on patients and understand their ailments.
MedPharma is the only plant located in Iowa that manufactures various marijuana medical products for all the dispensaries. The plant is located in the Des Moines area. In this plant, you will find marijuana being grown, cultivated, products manufactured and they are packed and made ready to be sent to all the dispensaries.…