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Iowa Could Expand Access to Medical Cannabis
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa only recently legalized the usage of medical cannabis oil for patients with chronic epilepsy last year, but state lawmakers are pushing for an expansion to give access to those with other illnesses. Senate Study Bill 1243 expands the conditions eligible for medicines made from cannabis. Current Iowa law, under the Medical Cannabidiol Act in 2014, allows possession and use of up to 32 ounces of cannabis oil for the sole purpose of treating chronic epilepsy and its side-effects. However, production of these products are not legal in Iowa, and patients must access them in other states, where it is often illegal for out-of-state visitors to obtain the products.