Iowa Officials To Seek Federal Marijuana Exemption From DEA

Iowa Officials To Seek Federal Marijuana Exemption From DEA

Iowa plans to seek an official exemption from federal marijuana prohibition in an effort to resolve policy conflicts impeding its limited medical cannabis program. The state Department of Public Health recently determined that it will proceed with an application asking the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for a formal exemption under the Controlled Substances Act in an effort to prevent the loss of federal funding it receives for education and long-term care facilities. The state’s market could see additional, inadvertent benefits if the application is approved, however, advocates say. “There’s no guarantee that [DEA] will do anything with that or respond to us, but…we will move forward with doing our best to minimize that conflict between state and federal law,” the chair of the state’s Medical Cannabidiol Board said at a meeting last week. Members said they will be involved in the drafting of the application for the federal carve-out over the coming months. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for November 13. The public health department, which oversees the board, will submit the application to DEA once it’s finalized. The language of a bill approved by state lawmakers that prompted this decision doesn’t specifically call on regulators to submit the application; rather it broadly calls on the public health department to “request guarantees from the agencies of the federal government providing funding to educational and long-term care facilities that facilities with policies allowing patients to possess medical cannabidiol on the grounds of the facilities…or allowing facility staff to administer medical…

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