Medical cannabis dispensaries and patient advocates in Iowa plan to ask Iowa health officials on Friday to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and several other ailments as qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabidiol program. At a meeting of the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board scheduled for Friday morning in Ankeny, Iowa, officials will hear petitions to include PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, opioid abuse disorder, and severe and chronic pain to the list of conditions that qualify a patient to use medical cannabis.
Currently in Iowa, only patients with one or more of several qualifying medical conditions and a recommendation from a physician may use medical cannabis. Only CBD oil products with no more than 3% THC including capsules, tinctures, topicals, and, as of this week vape pens, are permitted under the regulations of the state’s program.
This spring, lawmakers in Iowa passed a bipartisan bill to expand the state’s medical cannabis program, but the measure was vetoed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who said she could not support a provision of the bill that would have increased the THC limit for permitted CBD products. A bid to override the veto by the legislature failed to gain enough support to succeed.
Stigma Against Pot Continues
Amber Points, the manager of the Have a Heart CBD Shop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, told local media that many of her customers are satisfied with the products available to them.
“There’s still a huge stigma around THC,” said Points. “They don’t want to be stoned or high. What they’re really seeing is pain relief. We see it every day. We hear their stories. They’re tired of taking pills. They’re tired of taking opioids