Medical Professionals Practicing Law Without Licenses

Iowa has a new health cri­sis, med­ical pro­fes­sion­als prac­tic­ing law with­out licens­es.

In an effort to make cannabid­i­ol as unhealthy and risky as pos­si­ble, med­ical pro­fes­sion­als in the Iowa House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives are claim­ing the law they just helped enact vio­lates fed­er­al law.  This is known in law as crim­i­nal intent (known in legal terms as “mens rea” or guilty mind), if it was actu­al­ly true that cannabid­i­ol vio­lates fed­er­al law (which it is not).

For a while, it seemed that the House Speak­er, Lin­da Upmey­er, a reg­is­tered nurse, was the only elect­ed offi­cial mak­ing these absurd pub­lic state­ments about the law she just helped enact, but now we have Rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Forbes, a licensed phar­ma­cist, say­ing same thing.  At least we can say the effort to betray Iowans is non-par­ti­san, but that doesn’t make it any less repug­nant.

Here are the quotes from House Speak­er Lin­da Upmey­er:

She says they are already antic­i­pat­ing doing this bill with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of break­ing two fed­er­al laws.

KGLO Radio — Mason City, Iowa — March 27, 2017

House Speak­er Lin­da Upmey­er, R-Clear Lake, not­ed in a state­ment that no mat­ter what the Leg­is­la­ture had decid­ed, the state still would have been in vio­la­tion of fed­er­al law.

Des Moines Reg­is­ter — Des Moines, Iowa — Sep­tem­ber 10, 2017

And, here is the quote from Rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Forbes:

I mean, we are vio­lat­ing fed­er­al law with a cannabis bill here in the state of Iowa.

Iowa Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion — John­ston, Iowa — Decem­ber 22, 2017

We know this is some kind of an addic­tion to fed­er­al boot lick­ing, but state leg­is­la­tors can do bet­ter than this!

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