As an Iowa Legislator, there are many bills that I would like to work on. One piece of legislation that has my attention and support is marijuana reform. Many states have passed some form of medical marijuana program, and 18 states have comprehensive adopted medical and adult marijuana programs. A comprehensive program is considered to be one that doesn’t limit the THC level. Iowa has one of the most restrictive medical cannabis programs and is one of 11 states where the product law specifically requires low THC dosage.
While recent polling shows that support for marijuana reform is high amongst Iowans, the Republican Majority will not consider any proposals that expands Iowans’ access to cannabis.
As of 2021, states across the country reported a combined total of $10.4 billion in tax revenue from legal, adult-use cannabis sales and are reaping significant economic benefits. That revenue is being distributed to much needed public services and programs, including reinvesting in communities devastated by the war on drugs, job training, education funding, mental health, public safety services, and veterans’ services.
Throughout my years in office, many of my constituents have voiced strong support of marijuana reform in this state. I highly agree that it is needed and vow to work with fellow Democrats and Republicans to make it happen.