Governor Branstad’s Office of Drug Control Policy proposed a bill in the Iowa Senate yesterday (SSB 1045) that removes the authority of the Board of Pharmacy to apply any rules regarding the medical use of marijuana and, therefor, fully classify cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance. It died in committee last session as HF45, introduced by Rep. Joel Fry (R-Clarke).
Schedule I sounds pretty harsh, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. Let’s see how harsh.
Under Iowa code Chapter 124, the criteria for a Schedule 1 controlled substance are as follows:
a. Has high potential for abuse; and
b. Has no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; or lack accepted safe for use in treatment under medical supervision.
2. If the board find that any substance included in schedule I does not meet these criteria, the board shall recommend that the general assembly place the substance in a different schedule
19 states have laws allowing cannabis for medical use or more. Cannabis has an accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. This bill should be withdrawn and a new law reclassifying cannabis as, at the harshest, a Schedule II alongside codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and cocaine. Schedule II allows for medical use. More accurately it should be treated the same as alcohol, if not looser as I’ve yet to hear of anyone binge toking.
My wife has a chronic pain condition. She takes multiple pills daily and some for when it’s really bad. These pills all have assorted side affects, some that leave her nearly incapacitated. Some that, when taken over long periods of time, can damage organs like her liver. How are these legal yet a plant that occurs in nature is not? Oh yeah…
Photo: Iowa State House by InspiredinDesMoines on Flickr.