State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center will co-chair a bipartisan legislative review of the effectiveness of a new Iowa legalizing the use of medical cannabis oil.
During the 2014 session, Democrats and Republicans in the Iowa Legislature overwhelmingly voted to allow Iowa families to reduce the risk of life-threatening seizures by the use of a particular medicine made from cannabis, also known as marijuana. The legislation also created the "Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee," a bipartisan group of five state senators and five state representatives, which will study the impact of the new.
"The Legislature and Governor Branstad agreed to make it possible for these families to get the help they needed," Sodders said. "The purpose of this interim committee is to make sure that happens."
State Senator Steve Sodders
Epilepsy patients report that cannabis oil has helped reduce their once daily seizures to a weekly or even monthly occurrence. Twenty states have gone further than Iowa and legalized the use of medical cannabis for people suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, spinal cord injuries, glaucoma, severe chronic pain and PTSD.
The Iowa committee Sodders will serve on will also review a new University of Iowa College of Medicine research study on the issue of medical cannabis and make a report to the next session of the Iowa Legislature, which convenes on January 12, 2014.
For additional information: KCCI-TV of Des Moines interviewed an Iowa family who moved to Colorado in April to help their three-year-old son who suffered from one to ten seizures per day. Although the boy's condition has greatly improved since relocating to Colorado, the family will not move back to Iowa until cannabis can be legally transported to the state. This story can be watched at http://bit.ly/UksGF5.
State Senator Steve Sodders (D-State Center) represents Tama county and portions of Marshall and Black Hawk counties in the Iowa Leegislature.