Author Archives: Carl Olsen

Overlooking the Medical Boards

July 2, 2017 Jarad Klein Keota, Iowa Dear Rep. Klein, Thank you for your work in expanding the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Act in 2017.  While Iowans for Medical Marijuana (Iowa Business No. 334412) is concerned the program does not go … Continue reading

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The Elephant We Don’t Talk About

Iowans for Medical Marijuana The Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Act of 2017 (and the elephant in the room we don’t want to talk about) June 26, 2017 On April 22, 2017, the Iowa legislature passed the Medical Cannabidiol Act, H.F. 524.  … Continue reading

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Medical Cannabis and the 2017 Iowa Legislative Session

This legislative session began with four proposals for medical cannabis programs, two in the Iowa Senate, one by Democrats (S.F. 205) and one by Republicans (S.S.B. 1176 / S.F. 506), and two in the Iowa House, one by Democrats (H.F. … Continue reading

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March 3 is the legislative funnel date

A variety of medical cannabis bills have been filed in the Iowa legislature this year. One, HSB 132, has actually passed in a Republican controlled subcommittee. The end of this week, Friday, March 3, 2017, is the funnel date when … Continue reading

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Is the DEA wrong about marijuana’s medical value?

The Question Presented I’ve been asked to explain the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) decision on July 19, 2016, not to accept the Marijuana Rescheduling Petition filed by the states of Washington and Rhode Island on November 30, 2011.  See … Continue reading

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Attention on medical marijuana shifts to Congress

Attention has shifted from state legislation to Congress and candidates running for federal office. While rumors have been spreading around that the DEA is going to reschedule marijuana in July of 2016, on July 6, Congressman David Young became the … Continue reading

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Ankeny Legislative Forum April 9 2016

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 … Continue reading

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The Marijuana Scheduling Story

Jon Gettman wrote an article in High Times Magazine by the title Pot Matters: The Rescheduling Trap, on Monday, February 29, 2016, detailing his attempts to have marijuana federally rescheduled. I was a petitioner in Mr. Gettman’s most recent attempt … Continue reading

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Massacre at the Iowa Statehouse

I spent some time at the State Capitol this week attending a press conference for House Study Bill 607 on February 9 and a subcommittee hearing on the bill on February 17. I took a few pictures and made an … Continue reading

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New Bipartisan Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Act Filed

A new bipartisan medical cannabidiol act has been filed in the Iowa House, HF 2097, by three Iowa House Republicans, Tedd Gassman (R. Scarville), Larry Sheets (R. Moulton), Ron Jorgensen (R. Sioux City), and three Iowa House Democrats, Charlie McConkey … Continue reading

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