During the early 20th-century anti-marijuana wave, Iowa banned the crop in 1923. However, from 1979 to 1981, the administrative rules in Iowa allowed for the medicinal use of the crop through a therapeutic research facility.
The following passages will elaborate on the marijuana and CBD laws of Iowa.
Marijuana in Iowa
There is no recreational pot in the Hawkeye State as adult-use marijuana is classified as a schedule I hallucinogenic substance. Possessing any quantity is a Misdemeanor penalized by 6-months imprisonment and a $100 fine. However, 2019 has started off on a promising note with lawmakers introducing several marijuana-related bills in the Iowa legislative session.
Moreover, a Senate committee has already approved a bill to reduce first-time cannabis possession of up to 5 grams to a simple misdemeanor. A 2019 Iowa Poll showed 48% Iowans favoring the idea of legal pot, while as many opposing it. The percentage is a significant improvement from 2018 when a low 39% support adult-use marijuana.
The state of Iowa has less than 1,000 registered medical marijuana patients. In mid-2018, the state announced the opening of licensed dispensaries in five different locations. The first one in Windsor opened to the public in December, while the remaining four will become functional in Davenport, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, and Waterloo in due time.
As of now, MedPharm is retailing low-THC medical marijuana oil to registered patients. Unfortunately, the low percentage of Tetrahydrocannabinol (3%) is insufficient for the more critically ill Iowans. The state expects a massive surge in patients registry once the state hemp act becomes functional.
CBD Oil Laws in Iowa
You are allowed to consume low-THC content in the form of capsules, oils, creams, and suppositories in the Hawkeye State, provided you’re a registered patient. The reason is that Iowa is one of the 11 U.S. states with no laws on hemp production. Although, the 2018 Iowa Industrial Hemp Act was approved by the Senate, but was killed in the House by Linda Upmeyer and Lee Hein.
There is optimism among farmers after the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, but the lawmakers have a platter full of issues to consider before following the national lead. It includes the critical issue of deciding whether to allow industrial hemp production of the increasingly popular cannabidiols, among other matters.
There is no provision for Mary Jane in Iowa, and carrying any amount will imprison you for 6-months. However, 2019 is looking promising with lawmakers introducing several marijuana-related bills into the Iowa legislative session. The state opened its first medical dispensary in Windsor in December 2018, which is retailing low-THC medical marijuana oil to registered patients.
Lastly, you can only consume low-THC content in the form of capsules, oils, creams, and suppositories in the Hawkeye State, provided you’re a qualified patient. It’s because Iowa is one of the 11 U.S. states with no laws on producing hemp.