Iowa’s Business Leadership Lines Up to Support Comprehensive Medical Cannabis Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 29, 2016) – Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis is thankful for the support of 95 Iowa business leaders who signed the attached letter in support of HSB 2384, currently assigned to the Ways and Means Committee in the Iowa House of Representatives.

“My colleagues and I join the 76% of Iowans who believe that Medical Cannabis should be legally produced, distributed and possessed in Iowa,” said George Milligan, President of The Graham Group. “ We commend Representative Peter Cownie and the Commerce Committee for moving the bill past funnel and giving Iowa’s representatives a chance to debate and vote for a strong and comprehensive Medical Cannabis Program that includes as many conditions as possible to provide relief to as many Iowans as possible. ”

“We are grateful for the overwhelming support this legislation has received from Iowans all across our State,” said Steven Gaer representing Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis. “Now is the time for the adoption and implementation of a comprehensive medical cannabis program, as has been done in 23 other States, so Iowa can set up a strong and viable program to help stop the suffering of so many Iowans.”  

February 29, 2016

An Open Letter to Iowa Lawmakers:

As Iowa business leaders, we join the 76% of Iowans who believe that Medical Cannabis should be legally produced, distributed and possessed in Iowa.

We commend the bill’s authors and supporters for taking the best practices of 23 other states into consideration when forming this program. We believe it will create a safe, consistent-quality medicine and make that medicine accessible through controlled, legal channels, for Iowans with serious medical conditions.

Now is the time to help suffering Iowans and their families get legal access to this medicine and we hereby call on Iowa lawmakers to debate and pass Comprehensive Medical Cannabis legislation this session.

Respectfully,

Kip Albertson                       Bob Lashier

Bill Bailey                             Robert Lewis    

B.J. Baker                             Chris Littlefield        

Britt Baker                            Dick Lozier

Mollie Baker                            Casey Mahon                

Frank Berlin                            Tom Mahoney

Tim Bianco                            Sean McMurray

Tom Boesen                            David Miles
John Bruntz                            Deb Milligan

Tom Carlstrom, M.D.             George Milligan

Joe Carter                            Matt Mouw

Roger Ceilley, M.D.                        Dave Mulcahy

Joe Ceryanec                            Jamie Myers

Joyce Chapman                        David Nelson

Rick Chapman                        Jerry Neugent

Steve Chapman                        Bill Niebur

Ray Cole                            Jim Noyce

Graham Cook                            Scott Packard

Grant Corell                            Austin Palmer

Jim Cownie                            Edward Pardini

Craig Damos                            Ron Pearson

Johnny Danos                            Bob Pulver

Kirke Dorweiler                        Mary Radia, M.D.

Wynn Elliott                            Suku Radia

Rex Eno                            Austin Rice, Jr.

Jack Evans                            Mike Richards

Nancy Evans                            Chris Risewick

David Fisher                            Dan Rupprecht        

Andy Flynn                            Mark Rupprecht    

Steve Gaer                            Allen Sabbag

Tom Gibson                            Kyle Skogman

Wayne Graham                        Dick Smith

Steve Gray                            David Stroh

Kevin Grimm                            Ted Stuart

Chuck Hartlieb                        Cameron Sutton

Jeff Hatfield                            Richard S. Swanson

Wade Hauser                            Jim Swift

Dan Houston                            Gretchen Tegeler

Jim Hubbell, III                        Bill Tiffany

Fred Hubbell                            Bill Van Orsdel

Mark Iles                            Dick Vohs

Jeff Johannesen                        Susan Vons    

Burton Joseph, III                        Connie Wimer

Dan Keough                            Alan Zuckert

Gary Kirke                            Steve Zumbach

Bill Knapp

Bill Knapp, II

Mike Knapp                                

Steve Lacy

Mark Larson

          

 

 

 

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MEDICAL CANNABIS BILL INTRODUCED TO “FINISH THE JOB.”

Survey shows strong support from Iowans to pass it in this session.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis (I4MC) conducted a comprehensive survey of over a thousand Iowans in December of 2015 through Quester Research showing 76% support legislation that would establish the legal production and distribution of medical cannabis for those with qualifying medical conditions.  Additionally, that support exists across Republicans (60%) Democrats (87%) and Independants (80%).

Sally Gaer representing Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis said, “Iowans across the state want the suffering to end for their family members and friends. We’ve taken some important steps forward in the last few years, but NOW is the time for comprehensive legislation to be successful so we can collectively finish the job and stop the suffering of so many Iowans.”

Iowans with serious medical conditions, their caregivers and fellow citizens are asking lawmakers for safe and legal access to medical cannabis by allowing it to be produced and distributed in Iowa when medically appropriate and approved by a physician.

“Accessibility is crucial for patients needing these therapies,” says Gaer. “In reality it means very little to someone suffering from a debilitating condition to have the legal ability to possess medical cannabis if they have to travel hundreds of miles to obtain it. It simply becomes unviable for many at that point.”     

Legislation being introduced by Representative Peter Cownie (R, West Des Moines), chair of the House Commerce Committee defines strict but accessible parameters for the production, distribution and possession of medical cannabis.

Including:

• Rigorous and strict approval process through the Department of Public Health for a limited number of producers and distributors.

• Requirement of a doctor’s recommendation for patients for which conventional therapies have failed.  

• Applicable to only a limited number of medical conditions (11) that research has shown are positively affected by using medical cannabis therapies.

• Distribution of medical cannabis provided in only non-smokable forms.

• Requirement for patients to obtain a state-issued medical cannabis card.

“We’ve had the good fortune of seeing what works and what doesn’t in the other 23 states that have passed this type of legislation,” said Cownie. “This would be one of the strictest laws in the country, so Iowans, and those who represent them, can be sure that we’ve done our due diligence to protect the public from any type of abuse. I feel strongly we are elected to help those in need. And I look forward to working with my fellow legislators on this important issue."

Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis is a broad coalition of Iowans suffering from a number of debilitating conditions as well as their caregivers, family members, physicians, and fellow Iowans. The Coalition supports a comprehensive medical cannabis program to produce and dispense medical cannabis in Iowa for qualifying medical conditions.