Chuck Grassley — a day late and a dollar short

Ear­li­er this year, Iowa legal­ized the cul­ti­va­tion of mar­i­jua­na for med­ical use, by a vote of 83–11 in the Iowa House and by a vote of 33–7 in the Iowa Sen­ate.  The bill was signed into law by our gov­er­nor on May 12, 2017 Chap­ter 162 (H.F. 524).

On Decem­ber 18, 2017, I wrote U.S. Sen­a­tor Chuck Grass­ley a let­ter ask­ing him to spon­sor leg­is­la­tion like his for­mer chief of staff, U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive David Young has spon­sored in Con­gress this year (H.R.2920) and last year (H.R.1358) pro­tect­ing our state med­ical mar­i­jua­na law.

On Decem­ber 21, 2017, Chuck replied: “Over the years, some peo­ple have expressed the view that mar­i­jua­na should be legal­ized for recre­ation­al, med­ical, and agri­cul­tur­al pur­pos­es.  How­ev­er, I dis­agree with this view.”

Some peo­ple,” as Chuck refers to, are the peo­ple he is sup­posed to rep­re­sent in Wash­ing­ton, DC.  Peo­ple to Chuck: “It’s too late to close the barn door after the horse has bolt­ed.”

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