Iowa Approves Five Cannabis Dispensaries

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A guest speaker will discuss the state of medical marijuana in the age of California marijuana legalization at a free meeting in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, April 4. That plan still needs approval from the state. I have glaucoma and as a resident of California I had a medical marijuana card which enabled me to purchase marijuana at a dispensary.

However, among those same voters, 51 percent say they oppose legalizing recreational marijuana.

Ayers said there hasn't been much discussion about the ordinance with people he's talked to while obtaining signatures for his re-election bid.

"We are not out to reinvent the wheel here", Peck said.

Further, because the federal government considers marijuana an illegal drug, dispensaries can't file as federal nonprofits or take normal business deductions.

There are now 29 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the USA territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, with effective medical marijuana laws on the books. On Tuesday officials at the state Department of Public Health awarded the five available distribution licenses to businesses in Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Windsor Heights, Waterloo and Davenport, with a goal of geographical diversity.

At the same time, the bureau is seeking to address existing medical marijuana facilities. He says the estimated one hour trip from Cedar Rapids to Waterloo, the site of the closest proposed dispensary, could be a barrier to access for some.

"The fact is that the fate of medical marijuana in West Virginia depends on how President Trump's administration approaches the enforcement of marijuana and banking laws", Perdue said. MedPharm owns two of the newly licensed shops.

Thue said four people, including a state trooper, delivered the letter to his business. But many medical marijuana providers and patients claim the new law imposes onerous demands and creates new problems.

"We are honored to have been selected by the IDPH to serve as one of five dispensaries in the State of Iowa", Boshart told ABC News local affiliate KCRG. They could grow marijuana for their competitors to sell. He said that he is quoted accurately in the story as saying, "And if there is a way to find the $5 million that you need to plug the budget hole that you need for the coming fiscal year, we'd like to be part of the solution" - but did not intend this to be an offer of any specific help.