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Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
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Iowa has legalized medical cannabis. However, non-medical, adult use of cannabis is currently illegal in Iowa.
Throughout the 70s
Failed decriminalization attempts
1979 – 1981
A therapeutic research center is set up in Iowa to look at the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis.
Expansion on the Iowa Medical CBD Program. Qualifying conditions now include cancer, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease.
Recreational cannabis is illegal in Iowa. There are attempts at legalization, but Iowa has some rather strict and punitive laws regarding adult users. This means that punishments can be rather harsh for non-medical adult cannabis users.
The Iowa law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
Any terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year – if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting
Here’s how to get certified for medical cannabis in Iowa:
Connect with a licensed physician online in minutes.
Yes, telemedicine is legal in Iowa and you can get certified for cannabis online.
There are no specific weights given regarding cannabis possession. Iowa instead limits by the amount of THC that can be held every 90 days.
Only CBD and 3% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is legal for serious medical conditions. CBD flower is not legal.
Patients are allowed to buy products containing up to 4.5 grams of total THC in a 90-day period. Treating physicians can recommend more THC for terminally ill patients or others who haven’t been helped enough by 4.5 grams per 90 days with a waiver form.
Approved products all come from one manufacturer and they are available in four different CBD to THC ratios:
Approved medical administration methods include:
Cannabis flower and home cultivation are illegal in Iowa.
Iowa does not recognize other states’ medical marijuana programs and cards, and so does not have reciprocity.
An Iowa medical marijuana card will be recognized by some other states with a medical marijuana program and reciprocity.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
There are no specific laws in Iowa protecting medical cannabis patients. A positive test result for marijuana may allow the employer to discharge an employee. However, if an employee’s work is not affected and if the employee suffers from a debilitating disease/illness, an employee who tests positive for cannabis but complies with the medical marijuana law could support a common law wrongful discharge claim due to Iowa’s interpretation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Iowa requires medical marijuana to be tested for safety. Contaminants tested at the process lot level include:
Testing of a packaged lot will include:
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.