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ISU NORML Event An Epic Success — Meanwhile, Medical Marijuana Bill Stalls (For Now)

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 hypocrisy of dealing with marijuana differently than alcohol is absurd." -- Dr. Goldman, physician (shown center next to Rep. Bruce Hunter and Carl Olsen).

“The hypocrisy of dealing with marijuana differently than alcohol is absurd.” — Dr. Goldman, physician (shown center next to Rep. Bruce Hunter and Carl Olsen).


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!

Rough estimate of 150 attendees; over 5 different student organizations attended the event.

Rough estimate of 150 attendees; over 5 different student organizations attended the event.

The crowd at Iowa State University's NORML event Sunday night.

The crowd at Iowa State University’s NORML event Sunday night.

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One thought on “ISU NORML Event An Epic Success — Meanwhile, Medical Marijuana Bill Stalls (For Now)

  1. Next year? This just confirms that we’re going to have to sue the jail for my husband’s medical neglect in order to have the money to move to California, otherwise my husband will die. His recent CT scans confirm that his angiosarcoma is spreading very rapidly in his vital organs since being deprived of cannabis oil and juice and his liver is being obliterated by the pain medications he’s having to take two to three times per day. This is very discouraging news, Jason. I’m going to be a widow in 2014.

    I wonder if Dr. Frankel in Santa Monica could provide the scientific data to legislators and pharmacy board on the success of so many plants in reducing tumors in order to substantiate Ben’s info on plant count for various conditions? He’s still waiting to see Ben but we can’t even afford to make a short trip out there. Everyone is so afraid of bringing California into the nomenclature of the discussion based on Baudler and the like’s fear mongering. But California has the doctors who have the documented science and success with varying plant counts to accommodate different conditions. They’ve had the umbrella of freedom to do the studies with patients with different conditions. No one here in Iowa seems to talk about that? Why?

    Posted by Loretta Mackenzie | January 9, 2014, 1:14 pm

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