Ankeny Legislative Forum April 9 2016

Rep. Kevin Koester

Rep. Kevin Koester

I live in an inter­est­ing Iowa House dis­trict. My state rep­re­sen­ta­tive is a Repub­li­can. His name is Kevin Keoster and his pro­fes­sion is school admin­is­tra­tion. Anoth­er inter­est­ing char­ac­ter who lives in our neigh­bor­hood is Dale Wool­ery, Deputy Direc­tor of the Office of Drug Con­trol Pol­i­cy. As you can imag­ine, Kevin and Dale know each oth­er and have worked togeth­er in the past.

Last week I got an email from Kevin say­ing that he was going to meet with the med­ical staff at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa to fol­low up on the study that was called for in the 2014 Med­ical Cannabid­i­ol Act. He said he might have some ques­tions after that meet­ing. I didn’t hear from him and I was busy writ­ing my tri­al brief which was due on Fri­day.

At our leg­isla­tive forum yes­ter­day, I asked Kevin how his meet­ing went with the med­ical staff. He said it sound­ed pos­i­tive for CBD and epilep­sy, which of course was the only thing the 2014 Med­ical Cannabid­i­ol Act asked the Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa to look at. Nev­er­the­less, I was glad to hear the results were pos­i­tive.

There were three cou­ples there sup­port­ing med­ical mar­i­jua­na. Two of them spoke and said they had Crohns Dis­ease and won­dered why Crohns Dis­ease had been stripped from the bill that is cur­rent­ly pend­ing, HF 2384. Kevin said that leg­is­la­tors were hav­ing a hard time under­stand­ing the sci­ence. The cou­ple asked him what kind of sci­ence he was look­ing for, because they had it. Kevin said he would not under­stand it if he saw it.

I’ve been fol­low­ing this in the news a lot, and it seems like every leg­is­la­tor in Iowa says they sup­port mov­ing for­ward on this issue, but none of them can agree on what to do.

After the forum, I met anoth­er cou­ple that had con­tact­ed me ear­li­er in the week and were just there to lis­ten. Anoth­er cou­ple was talk­ing to Kevin and they had a med­ical con­di­tion (I can’t remem­ber if it was a child with epilep­sy). A man sit­ting next to me said he knew one of the patients that spoke at the capi­tol on March 22, 2016. I’m amazed at how many peo­ple are express­ing sup­port for med­ical mar­i­jua­na at these forums.

Kevin told the cou­ple talk­ing to him that I had sin­gle hand­ed­ly pre­sent­ed this issue to the Iowa Board of Phar­ma­cy in 2009 and the board agreed it was med­i­cine. I told Kevin that we pre­sent­ed evi­dence to the Iowa Board of Phar­ma­cy in 2009 because the law says that board is the author­i­ty in Iowa, but the leg­is­la­tors would not lis­ten. So, that is why the leg­is­la­tors don’t under­stand the sci­ence now. When the board looked at it, as they are required by law to do, the leg­is­la­tors did not want to hear it. So, now med­ical deci­sions are being made by leg­is­la­tors who can’t agree on what to do. Oh my!

I asked Kevin if he could send me any­thing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa pre­sen­ta­tion ear­li­er in the week and he sent me these two files. The first one is the slide pre­sen­ta­tion Dr. Joshi pre­sent­ed to the Iowa House leg­is­la­tors last week. The sec­ond one is a pre­sen­ta­tion by Dale Wool­ery of the Office of Drug Con­trol Pol­i­cy.

Stay tuned for fur­ther devel­op­ments on this sto­ry.
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2 Responses to Ankeny Legislative Forum April 9 2016

  1. Jesse James March says:

    broth­er Olsen my name is Jesse James. I am son of Sharon Gor­don, grand­son of Niah Kei­th Gor­don. Please Con­tact me at your ear­li­est con­ve­nience I would great­ly appre­ci­ate it. There is still much more work to be done. I am cur­rent­ly in Cleve­land Ohio you can reach me at 2–6 804‑4880

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