Looks like the Iowa Board of Pharmacy’s bill to reschedule marijuana has a lot of support.
Three registered lobbyists from the Iowa Medical Society support the bill. Numerous law enforcement lobbyists are listed as undecided.
After the November 2nd elections, the newly elected majority leader went the opposite way of Kevin McCarthy’s statements about not even looking at the issue: not only will this issue be debated, it will pass.
Many patients have apparently been asking if they should register as a lobbyist for this bill. The answer to that is no.
This bill has nothing to do with access. Iowa Patients for Medical Marijuana will continue to work on access, which is separate from rescheduling. If you would like to be a lobbyist for that bill, we’d love your support. No more support is needed for the Board of Pharmacy situation. It’s time to move on to the next stage.
Now that marijuana will be recognized as medicine, a new debate may take place. Currently, concerned citizens on both sides of the issue should support the Board of Pharmacy bill. Their bill does what the AMA called for last year: Facilitate research into what marijuana actually does. If it’s bad, research will show that. If it’s good, research will show that. More information is always good. I highly doubt anyone will object to the Board of Pharmacy bill (based on scientific evidence btw), unless they simply don’t want to see facts. But sometimes, those fact-finding missions can be a real stinker…
Anyways. Reiterate this point, to everyone concerned: The Board of Pharmacy bill should and will pass, as it does not facilitate access in any way, shape, or form. There is virtually no opposition to the bill and is endorsed, directly or indirectly, by medical experts and policy makers. Now, we can finally research the “safest therapeutic substance known to mankind” (Francis Young 1988 Administrative Ruling), that has become so popular among the non-alcoholic beverage imbibing crowd, and so miraculous to patients in need (in states that allow access).
Also, big week coming up! Iowa Patients Executive Director Jimmy Morrison will be returning to Des Moines. Jimmy has been traveling the country, working for 2012 (likely) Presidential Candidate Governor Gary Johnson, while simultaneously filming a documentary with New York Times Bestselling author Tom Woods (author of “Who Killed the Constitution?” and “Nullification)” about the recent housing crisis, and the experts who predicted it long before it hit. Jimmy is returning to Des Moines to work with legislators, and help organize future Iowa Patients forums in the Des Moines area, which will be put together by yours truly.
Speaking of which, I’ll be on the radio this Sunday evening, so check me out. I’ll be making my fifth appearance on Carl’s Cannabis Corner at 6 pm. I’ll talk with Carl Olsen about Iowa Patients events, how to be a professional and smart activist, what everyone needs to know for this upcoming legislative session (we’ll discuss the multiple bills), my blog (Yay WeedPress!), and just weed in general. Should be a good one.
Governor Gary Johnson will be in Iowa this Thursday. He’ll be giving an hour long lecture online at 6:30, which is sponsored by all the major Universities. More information can be viewed here: http://iowafreedomreport.com/?p=629
Lots of victories, lots of momentum. Off to a great start in 2011. Can’t wait to see what happens this year!