March 29, 2018, Iowa
Finally, there is good news for MMJ patients in the state of Iowa, where administration has announced its plan to open multiple MMJ dispensaries at different locations. The state’s department of public health authorized three different medical cannabis companies to carry out MMJ operations through five dispensaries. The department received applications from seven different MMJ companies. Meanwhile, Southern Iowa has yet to get any MMJ outlet.
The dispensaries will be operational from December 1st, 2018. These dispensaries will be located at Davenport, Waterloo, Windsor Heights, Sioux City and Council Bluffs. MedPharm is the only Iowa-based MMJ Company that will open its dispensaries at two locations. The other two companies that have gotten the approval to operate from the state of Washington. MMJ businesses are well-established in the Evergreen State because medical cannabis has been legal there for 20 years now.
Under Iowa’s new medical marijuana laws, patients can purchase selected products made from medical cannabis, given that they have a state-issued MMJ card. Patients suffering from epilepsy, cancer, ALS, multiple sclerosis and intractable pains are qualified to get the permission for the administration of medical cannabis.
Even though CBD oil has been a legal commodity in Iowa for four years, but the state’s MMJ program was very restrictive in nature. Therefore, patients can’t get the full benefits of this therapeutic marijuana oil. The new propositions, which will come into effect from December 1st, will help in streamlining Iowa’s MMJ program.
But bear in mind, Iowans still won’t be able to smoke medical cannabis. Legalization of recreational cannabis is not on the cards as well.
An executive from MedPharm has told media that there dispensaries will maintain a professional facade like any other pharmaceutical retail store and physician’s office. According to him, each of their dispensaries will be guarded by a security person who will only allow the entry to the premise after checking the MMJ IDs. Patients can then consult a specialist who will be able to recommend different MMJ products (creams, oils, tinctures etc) according to the given medical condition of the patient.
MedPharm also got the license for the cultivation of medical cannabis. They will begin the farming of medicinal strains of cannabis next month for their retail operation starting from December this year.
Many cannabis advocates are still unconvinced of the improvement in the program with this expansion. They think that the state hasn’t legalized enough MMJ products. However, all this criticism is not stopping businesses from acquiring commercial MMJ licenses.
Some MMJ experts are also demanding to increase the limit of THC in medical cannabis products. Even though THC is the psychedelic component of marijuana, but it also has an important medicinal role to play in alleviating pains and other symptoms of different diseases. They believe that capping the amount of THC makes MMJ products less effective.
Nevertheless, the expansion of the MMJ program is a step in the right direction and it will somehow benefit thousands of patients in the state.
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