Iowa Board of Pharmacy Legislative Proposals for 2016

I attend­ed the Iowa Board of Pharmacy’s meet­ing on Wednes­day, Novem­ber 4, 2015, because I noticed that the rec­om­men­da­tion for the reclas­si­fi­ca­tion of cannabid­i­ol that the board approved on Jan­u­ary 5, 2015, was not on the list of pro­posed changes to the sched­ules of con­trolled sub­stances for 2016. That item was on the agen­da for 11:00 a.m., so I took a cou­ple hours of vaca­tion and attend­ed the meet­ing. Just to be cau­tious, I filed a writ­ten com­ment on the item ask­ing why cannabid­i­ol was not includ­ed.

James A. Miller

James A. Miller

And, true to form, the chair of the board, Jim Miller, took an excep­tion­al­ly long time with a pre­sen­ta­tion on tele­phar­ma­cy that he was none too pleased with. The dis­cus­sion on the list of pro­posed changes to the sched­ules was delayed until 1:00 p.m. and I had to leave.

While I was at the meet­ing, I noticed that my request for clar­i­fi­ca­tion has been placed in front of the assis­tant attor­ney gen­er­al, Meghan Gavin. As I was leav­ing, I asked Ms. Gavin if I could get a writ­ten response to my ques­tion. Ms. Gavin said the rec­om­men­da­tion to reclas­si­fy cannabid­i­ol was only for 2016.

While I was there, I hap­pened to talk with Dale Wool­ery, Deputy Direc­tor of the Office of Drug Con­trol Pol­i­cy. I asked him what was going on and he said a lot of the stuff the board was rec­om­mend­ing for 2016 was stuff that didn’t get enact­ed in 2015. That did not jive with what Ms. Gavin told me. Just to be sure, I looked at HF 567 which is leg­is­la­tion from 2015 that is still pend­ing in the Iowa House, and, sure enough, some of the same stuff in the board’s 2016 leg­isla­tive pro­pos­al is in HF 567 from 2015.

Ms. Gavin said I was not enti­tled to a writ­ten request and asked me if I want­ed my request put on the agen­da for the next meet­ing. I con­tact­ed her lat­er and told her my request was a com­ment on an agen­da item and she could do what­ev­er she want­ed with it. She said she does not rep­re­sent the board, but there she was with my request in front of her at the meet­ing.

So, today I filed an open records request under Iowa Code Chap­ter 22 ask­ing for any action the board has tak­en on their Jan­u­ary 5, 2015, pro­pos­al to reclas­si­fy cannabid­i­ol. I’m guess­ing the board hasn’t lift­ed a fin­ger to pro­mote their writ­ten deci­sion in Jan­u­ary. We’ll soon find out. The board has 20 days to respond.

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2 Responses to Iowa Board of Pharmacy Legislative Proposals for 2016

  1. Carl Olsen says:

    I got an email from Meghan Gavin today telling me that my request had been dis­trib­uted to all of the board mem­bers and because I was sit­ting behind her it just appeared to me that she was the only one who had it. I apol­o­gized for assum­ing she was the only one who received it and told her I was glad that all the board mem­bers got a copy of it.

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