Iowa Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Cannabis industry insiders brace for potential fallout as health officials report new vaping deaths, issue warnings

U.S. health officials were once again cautioning the public to refrain from using vaping products as related respiratory illnesses and even deaths continued to be disclosed last week. As of Friday, officials linked at least five fatalities to e-cigarettes and electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak has some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a […]

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Second medical marijuana processor launches in Iowa

Iowa’s fledgling medical cannabis market, which counts 3,000 registered patients, has been bolstered by a second processor and new products. Here are the latest developments for a program that the Marijuana Business Factbook projects will reach $4 million-$5 million in sales this year: The second state-approved medical cannabis cultivator/processor, Cedar Rapids-based Iowa Relief, launched last week. The […]

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Iowa adds chronic pain for medical cannabis; sales boost expected

An Iowa state board added chronic pain as a qualifying condition to use medical marijuana, a development that should increase sales in the state’s heavily regulated market. Chronic pain generally tends to lead sales for medical conditions in many states. While approving chronic pain, the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board rejected anxiety disorder and opioid dependence […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: Ohio eyes medical cannabis additions, Iowa MMJ fight, L.A. deadline & more

Here are some notable stories and events in the cannabis industry to watch for in the coming days: OHIO BOARD DELIBERATES: After tabling discussions last month about adding autism spectrum disorder and anxiety to the list of qualifying conditions for its medical marijuana program, the State Medical Board of Ohio is expected to resume deliberations […]

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Iowa’s move to increase medical cannabis potency runs into roadblock

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed a bill that would have lifted the 3% cap on the potency of medical marijuana products available in the state. Reynolds vetoed the bill Friday afternoon, saying the state must proceed cautiously in any expansion of its medical marijuana program. If the measure had passed, it likely would have improved […]

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Iowa bill to expand state’s medical cannabis market headed to governor

The Iowa Senate voted 40-7 to advance a bill that would expand the state’s medical cannabis market by eliminating the 3% THC potency cap for products and allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to recommend MMJ, Iowa Public Radio reported. The House approved the bill last month. Now, it goes to Gov. Kim Reynolds for her […]

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Iowa legislators may lift 3% THC potency cap for medical cannabis

Iowa lawmakers have advanced a bill that, if successful, would lift the 3% THC potency cap for medical marijuana products. The potency cap has resulted in confusion for both the industry and medical marijuana patients and, if removed, would likely improve business conditions in Iowa’s MMJ market. The Iowa House of Representatives approved the bill, […]

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Chart: Significant challenges await Iowa’s new medical cannabis program

The financial viability of Iowa’s newly launched medical marijuana program may be in question due to: High licensing fees. A restrictive list of qualifying conditions. Limited buy-in from patients and physicians. Widespread confusion about product availability. While Iowa is considered by many to be a CBD-only state, the launch of MMJ sales through licensed dispensaries […]

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What is ‘marijuana’? Name game limits cannabis entrepreneurs

The old debate about what to call the plant cannabis sativa L. is giving businesses real-world headaches in both new and established marijuana markets. Consider: Iowa allows medical marijuana but calls it something else. Texas restricts medical marijuana so severely that doctors must break the law to use the state’s program. California officials are struggling […]

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Iowa doctors show hesitance about low-THC medical cannabis program

Fewer than 600 patients have been approved to participate in Iowa’s low-THC medical marijuana program, largely because doctors there are uneasy about certifying patients to get access to the medicine. And that’s not particularly good news for cannabis businesses in the state. Under Iowa’s low-THC cannabis program, products cannot exceed 3% THC. Only about 325 of the […]

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Developing player in cannabis market to invest roughly $10 million in Iowa

An emerging major player in the marijuana industry plans to build a large facility in what might seem an unlikely place: Iowa. The state’s medical marijuana market allows the sale of only low-THC cannabis, meaning products cannot exceed 3% THC. But according to the Des Moines Register, New York-based Acreage Holdings is looking to spend […]

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