New bill would legalize medical marijuana bud in Iowa
A new bill in the Iowa Senate would legalize the sale of dried cannabis within the state's medical marijuana program.
Driving the news: Senate Study Bill 1113 allows dispensaries to sell marijuana buds — the actual dried plant — as long as it's consumed through a vape.
- It also expands the number of statewide dispensary licenses from five to 10.
State of play: Dispensaries are currently allowed to sell cannabis in altered forms, like capsules, vape oil and tinctures.
- Dried cannabis would lower production costs at dispensaries and allow them to lower their overall prices, Lucas Nelson of Bud & Mary's tells Axios.
Yes, but: The bill specifies the bud is vaped — meaning Iowans would still be prohibited from smoking medical marijuana out of a pipe or bong.
The big picture: Iowa's medical marijuana program is the only one in the U.S. that doesn't allow bud sales, Nelson says.
- With more states legalizing cannabis, including neighboring Missouri, the bill would help Iowa "remain competitive."
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