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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa
The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Iowa
Iowa is a state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west.
In 2017, the Legislature passed and then-Gov. Terry Branstad signed the Medical Cannabidiol Act, which allows up to two in-state operations to grow marijuana and process 3 percent THC cannabidiol to be distributed by five state-approved dispensaries. The Iowa law allows pharmaceutical-grade marijuana extracts, which can include nebulizers or inhaled products, but MedPharm — the company making all legal products for sale in Iowa — is selling only capsules, tinctures and creams.
Qualifying patients must obtain a state registry ID card to receive legal protection, and they may designate a caregiver to assist them. The state began issuing registration ID cards to qualifying patients in 2015, but patients have no ability to purchase or cultivate cannabis in the state.
Dispensaries began to open in December of 2018. Planned locations include:
- Council Bluffs: Have A Heart Compassionate Care at 3615 9th Ave.
- Davenport: Have A Heart Compassionate Care at 2222 E. 53rd Street
- Sioux City: MedPharm Iowa at 5700 Sunnybrook Dr.
- Waterloo: Iowa Cannabis Co. at 1955 La Porte Road
- Windsor Heights: MedPharm Iowa at 7229 Apple Valley Dr.
When allowable, cannabis may be consumed in by medical marijuana patients in a private residence. Patients with valid registration cards can then visit one of the five cannabidiol dispensaries around the state.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease;
- Cancer with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia (wasting disease)
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms
- Untreatable pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Any terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of under one year if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following:
- Cachexia, or severe wasting disease
- Nausea or severe vomiting
- Severe or chronic pain
- Nausea or severe vomiting; cachexia, wasting disease;
- Parkinson’s disease; and
- Untreatable pain.
Patients or caregivers must file an application with the IDPH for a medical CBD registration card. If approved, the department will notify the Iowa DOT and applicants can obtain the card at an Iowa driver’s license issuance site. Applicants must bring a current driver’s license or identification card for proof of identity. There is no charge for the card.