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Medical Cannabidiol (CBD) Expansion - HF 2589

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House File 2589 makes several changes to Iowa's medical CBD program that are in line with the recommendations of the state's CBD board, including allowing physican assistants and nurse practioners to authorize use, allowing dispensaries to hire pharmacists, allowing individuals with felony convictions to access these medications, renaming "untreatable pain" with the more commonly used "chronic pain," addresses issues with the different types of THC, takes DOT out of issuing cards (IDPH will do that), gives the State CBD Board more flexibility to meet as neeeded, and replacing the current 3% THC cap (the part of the cannabis plant that gets you high) with a 90-day 4.5 gram allowance.  The bill also makes a few changes not included in the recommendation of the CBD Board, including adding two conditions allowed to access medical CBD (severe, intractable autism with self-injurous or aggressive behaviors, PTSD) and allows a terminally ill patient (defined as life expectancy as less than a year) to exceed the THC limits, and requires IDPH to conduct an "observational effectiveness study" of medical CBD to determine the effectiveness of its use in treatment of the condition authorized under law. The bill also states that having a CBD card does not mean a person is immune to workplace drug testing requirements, and allows workplaces to continue to place restrictions on the use of any THC-containing product, including ones used medicinally.  Also states that the bill doesn't apply to FDA-approved prescription medications containing CBD and THC.  While the bill passed the House prior to the suspension of session, it is going to face a tough time making it out of the Legislature in 2020.  The vote was party line with the exception of Republican Rep. Stan Gustafson, who voted with Democrats: 

Representatives (3/10/19)

Yes (52): Bacon, Baxter, Bergan, Best, Bloomingdale, Bossman, Brink, Carlson, Deyoe, Dolecheck, Fisher, Fry, Gassman, Gerhold, Grassley, Hagenow, Hanusa, Hein, Hinson, Hite, Holt, Huseman, Jacobsen, Jeneary, Jones, Kaufmann, Kerr, Klein, Landon, Lohse, Lundgren, Maxwell, A. Meyer, Mitchell, Mohr, Mommsen, Moore, Osmundson, Paustian, Salmon, Sexton, Shipley, Sieck, Sorensen, Thompson, Thorup, Upmeyer, Wheeler, Wills, Windschitl, Worthan, Zumbach

No (48): Abdul-Samad, Anderson, Bearinger, Bennett, Breckenridge, Brown-Powers, Cohoon, Derry, Donahue, Ehlert, Forbes, Gaines, Gaskill, Gustafson, Hall, Hunter, Isenhart, Jacoby, James, Judge, Kacena,  Konfrst, Kressig, Kurth, Kurtz, Lensing, Mascher, Matson, McConkey, McKean, B. Meyer, Nielsen, Oldson, Olson, Ourth, Prichard, Running-Marquardt, M. Smith, R. Smith, Staed, Steckman, Sunde, Thede,  Wessel-Kroeschell, Wilburn, Williams, Winckler, Wolfe