Senate passes bills for medical cannabis access, hemp regulations – Local 5 – weareiowa.com

Senators placed a bill to amend the existing Iowa Hemp Act on their “unfinished business list” weeks ago, but have since reintroduced it.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Senate passed many bills on Tuesday, including two aimed at regulating hemp products containing THC and doubling licensure for state medical cannabis dispensaries.

In March, the Senate placed the first bill on their “Unfinished Business List” so they could reintroduce the legislation at a later time while keeping it alive through the end of the second “funnel week.”

The legislation amends the current Iowa Hemp Act, and adds an age threshold (21) for purchasing consumable hemp products containing THC, which is the main psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant.

“The Iowa Hemp Act, or the program that we’re talking about here today, needs to be at a milligram usage less than our medical cannabidiol program, otherwise the lines are blurred,” argued Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Pottawattamie. Dawson is also the Senate floor manager for the bill.

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THC serving limits would cap out at 4 mg under this bill, and

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