Status: In Iowa, qualified patients may use, possess, and access low-THC cannabis oil. Production, delivery, transportation, and dispensing of cannabidiol is allowed by authorized license holders.
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Number of Iowa Licenses Available
Proposed Iowa Medical Marijuana Manufacturer Guidelines:
The Iowa Department of Public Health is authorized to select and license up to two (2) manufacturers to possess, cultivate, harvest, transport, package, process, and supply medical cannabidiol within the state. The first manufacturer license was issued to MedPharm Iowa, LLC, on December 1, 2017. The Department reserves the right to re-issue a competitive bid for the second license. This would likely occur later in Spring 2018, after a bid for the dispensaries has been completed. The Act set the non-refundable application fee for a manufacturer at $7,000.
Proposed Iowa Medical Marijuana Dispensary Guidelines:
The IDPH will issue a competitive process for the selection of up to five (5) medical cannabidiol dispensaries in Iowa. The dispensaries selected through the competitive process will obtain licenses from the department to legally supply medical cannabidiol to patients and primary caregivers with valid Medical Cannabidiol Registration Cards. The licensed dispensaries must agree to be ready to begin supplying the medical cannabidiol by December 1, 2018. The Act set the non-refundable application fee for a dispensary license at $5,000.
The History of Iowa Marijuana
In 2014, Iowa passed a medical cannabidiol law that only gave patients with seizure disorders a defense to prosecution for use of cannabidiol. On May 12, 2017, Gov. Terry Branstad signed HF 524, also known as the 2017 Medical Cannabidoil Act (Act) into law, enacting changes to
the previous medical cannabidiol program, allowing qualified patients in the state to use, possess, and access low-THC cannabis oil. The Act also allows for the production, delivery, transportation and dispensing of cannabidiol.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working to identify tasks and develop timelines to implement the Act, as well as the resources needed to accomplish those tasks. It also specified timelines for licensing manufacturers and dispensaries and requires medical cannabidiol dispensaries to begin dispensing to patients in Iowa by December 1, 2018. As of January 2018, administrative rules have been adopted for the patient and primary caregiver Medical Cannabidiol Registration Card process.