Sunday Night’s ISU NORML event featuring Mercy Hospitals Physician Dr. Goldman and Representative Bruce Hunter was vibrant and informative. Discussion topics ranged from the marijuana’s current Schedule I classification to the racial disparity in marijuana arrests in Iowa.
The Iowa State Daily had a great article covering the event. You can check it out here. Organizations attending included Legalize Iowa, a recently formed 501(c)(4), the Grinnell College chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Iowa State’s Young Americans for Liberty, Iowa Patients for Medical Marijuana, and Iowa NORML. A rough estimate of attendees numbers 150.
The next day, a hearing was being held on SF79, Senator Joe Bolkcom’s medical marijuana bill, so I left after the speakers were done presenting. Bolkcom’s bill was passed out of the Senate Human Resources subcommittee 2-1, as reported by The Daily Chronic. We did a good job of representing medical patients, with roughly ten people testifying at the hearing, and those who testified were courteous, respectful, and prepared. Afterwards, Senator Bolkcom told us he didn’t think the bill had enough support to get by the full Senate Human Resources Committee, as reported by The Des Moines Register.
The silver lining here is that the bill, written with the help of the hard-working folks at the Marijuana Policy Project, is not dead — in fact, this is the farthest a medical marijuana bill has ever made it. The bill can still be amended for next year in order to make it passable. Follow WeedPress on Facebook for news on that possibility…this bill ain’t dead yet folks, it’s just stalled for the time being.
Check out the crowd at Iowa State Sunday evening. Not bad!