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Medical Marijuana Expansion Plan Advancing In Iowa Legislature

Des Moines, Iowa — (RI) — Iowa lawmakers are considering proposals that would let nurse practitioners and physicians assistants as well as doctors recommend medical marijuana for patients suffering from chronic pain or other ailments.

The plan that has emerged in the Iowa House also would increase the potency of the cannabis products now being sold legally in Iowa. Dane Schumann is a lobbyist for MedPharm Iowa, the company producing and selling cannabis products in Iowa, and he thanked lawmakers who’re suggesting the limit on the chemical THC in those products should be increased.

Representative Jarad Klein of Keota says he’s seeking a compromise that can get broad approval in the legislature.

Klein says lawmakers have gotten advice from medical experts about what level of the chemical THC is most appropriate in cannabis oils, creams and pills. A similar bill cleared a Senate panel earlier in the week.

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