One entity applies for medical marijuana manufacturer

ANKENY - Medical marijuana is moving forward in Iowa, according to a new report from the Iowa Medical Cannabidoil Advisory Board.

The board met on October 27 in Ankeny to talk about manufacturers and dispensaries. Only one entity has applied to be a manufacturer of medical marijuana in Iowa. That application is currently being reviewed by seven people: one person from the DPH, one person from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, one person with pharmacy expertise, one person with lab expertise, one person with agricultural expertise, and two people from other states that regulate cannabidiol programs.

The Department of Public Health reported being on track to meet the licensing deadline of December 1, 2017, established in the Medical Cannabidiol Act. The rest of the meeting was spent on a discussion of form and quantity of medical cannabidiol. Laws and limits from other states were examined. An early review of literature on the medical uses of cannabidiol was presented. The Board also discussed some aspects of law changes the Board might address in the upcoming report due in December.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 1.

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