Over the weekend, the Quad-Cities Times ran a feature on the “Faces of medical marijuana in Iowa.” The article shined a compassionate light on the daily struggles that many Iowans endure and their frustration at not being able to use marijuana legally, under their physicians’ recommendations. Twenty states and Washington, D.C., protect patients from criminal penalties for using medical marijuana; it’s time Iowa does, too.
There are individuals and families across the Hawkeye state whose lives would be improved greatly if medical marijuana were a legal option in Iowa. Your friends, family members, and neighbors shouldn’t have to move to a more compassionate state in order to find relief.
Illinois recently passed a medical marijuana law and Minnesota is seriously considering doing the same. A 2010 Seltzer & Co. poll found that nearly two thirds of Iowans support the passage of a medical marijuana program. If you live in Iowa please ask your state senator and representative to support compassionate access.