OPEN A DISPENSARY IN IOWA
Iowa’s medical marijuana law that passed on July 1, 2014, gives a limited class of individuals with intractable epilepsy and their caregivers an affirmative and complete defense to any state criminal charges arising out of their use of possession of cannabidiol extract.
However, on May 12, 2017, Gov. Terry Brandstand signed H.B 524 (Act), legalizing the use of low-THC cannabis oil for qualified patients. The law also allows for marijuana businesses to provide patients with in-state access to the cannabis oil by December 1, 2018. The Department of Health has been tasked to regulate the program.
Link to HB 524: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/AMDI/87/S3388.pdf
Regulating Departments: The Department of Health and Medical Cannabidiol Board
Medical Marijuana Business licenses:
- Up to two (2) manufacturer licenses will be issued and must begin supplying cannabidiol to dispensaries by December 1, 2018. Manufacturers will be able to possess, cultivate, harvest, transport, package, process, or supply medical cannabidiol. The department shall license new medical cannabidiol manufacturers or relicense the existing medical cannabidiol manufacturers by December 1 of each year
- Up to five (5) dispensary licenses will be issued and they must be open to patients by December 1, 2018. Dispensaries will be able to dispense/sell medical cannabidiol to registered patients. Dispensaries will be located throughout the state depending on geographic need. The department shall license new medical cannabidiol dispensaries or relicense the existing medical cannabidiol dispensaries by December 1 of each year
May 12, 2017 – HB 524 signed into law
By December 1, 2017 – The department shall issue a request for proposals to select and license up to 2 manufacturers
By April 1, 2018 – The department shall issue a request for proposals to select and license up to 5 dispensaries
By December 1, 2018 – Patient access to medical cannabidiol
Patient Info: Patients must enroll in the program by obtaining a written certification from their doctor, a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery. Patients must be permanent residents of the state. Patients under 18 can only enroll in the program through their caregivers. Card fees for patients are set at $100 (reduced fees of $25 for qualifying patients with low-income status).
Dispensary/Cultivation Application Tools and Services:
1. Purchase our Roadmap To Success, a detailed summary and checklist of all the action items you will need to complete prior to moving forward with an application submission for a marijuana business license.
2. Browse and purchase our Marijuana Business Plan Templates (Cultivation Plan, Operations Plan, Security Plan etc.)
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