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House leadership receptive about medical marijuana changes

DES MOINES - In a short meeting with reporters on Thursday, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) talked about a bill approved by some Republicans that would make sweeping changes to the state's medical marijuana program.

The bill was approved this week by a group of lawmakers. The bill does several things, including lifting a percentage cap on the amount of THC that can be in the medical cannabidiol products given to Iowans. The bill also allows dispensaries to give out 20 grams of THC to a patient or a patient's caregiver over a certain time frame.

"They came to us this year and said would you add nurse practitioners and PA's so there's more access? That seems reasonable," said Upmeyer. "They've also weighed in on if we could switch from percent to milligrams because most people a percent of something, they're not sure what that means. But certainly, we all know what milligrams are so converting that into something people understand better."

The bill would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to employ a pharmacist or a pharmacy tech who is licensed and registered. It would also add physician assistants and advanced registered nurses to the list of people who can certify a person can receive a medical cannabidiol registration card.

You can read more about the bill here

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