Medical cannabis dispensaries and patient advocates in Iowa plan to ask Iowa health officials on Friday to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and several other ailments as qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabidiol program. At a meeting of the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board scheduled for Friday morning in Ankeny, Iowa, officials will hear petitions to include PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, opioid abuse disorder, and severe and chronic pain to the list of conditions that qualify a patient to use medical cannabis.
Currently in Iowa, only patients with one or more of several qualifying medical conditions and a recommendation from a physician may use medical cannabis. Only CBD oil products with no more than 3% THC including capsules, tinctures, topicals, and, as of this week vape pens, are permitted under the regulations of the state’s program.
This spring, lawmakers in Iowa passed a bipartisan bill to expand the state’s medical cannabis program, but the measure was vetoed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who said she could not support a provision of the bill that would have increased the THC limit for permitted CBD products. A bid to override the veto by the legislature failed to gain enough support to