Debate over medical marijuana underway

DES MOINES - Medical marijuana could soon be legal in Iowa. The bill that aims to legalizing it is going through its first major hurdle Monday night at the statehouse.

Senate members are debating the bill tonight, after Republican leadership revealed the bill less than a week ago. A similar proposal has been floated in years past, but nothing has come to fruition. This year, some senators say education about the provisions seems to be working.

"Education, I think that education not only for senators and representatives here, but certainly Iowans everywhere," said Sen. Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale). "There are probably few senators that will vote against it tonight."

While support in the Senate seems locked up, House members' support for the measure is another story. Leaders there aren't so keen on such sweeping provisions becoming law in Iowa.

Stay tuned to Local 5 for more developments on this story.

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