Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill to expand Iowa’s medical cannabis bill. A small group of lawmakers and lobbyists are standing in the way, with some predictable objections:
“Medical cannabis is untested”
Medical treatments derived from cannabis plants have been been in use for hundreds of years and they’ve undergone modern scientific testing for decades. In fact, some therapies developed with cannabis compounds and derivatives have already been tested approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
There have been at least 60 peer-reviewed medical studies on cannabis since 1990 and they overwhelmingly support its medical value.
“Marijuana reform leads to more teen drug use”
A study published last year in the prestigious Lancet Journal found there’s no causal link between medicinal marijuana and teen drug use: “the risk of marijuana use in states before passing medical marijuana laws did not differ significantly from the risk after medical marijuana laws were passed.”
Even in Colorado and Washington, where voters chose to legalize recreational use of marijuana, the rate of teen drug use has not increased, according to the government’s own data.
“We have to wait for the federal government to change drug laws”
The vast majority of Americans already live in states with safe, reliable access to medical cannabis and congress passed legislation last year forbidding the Department of Justice from going after those state programs.
What’s more, the FDA’s lengthy and expensive tests don’t necessarily show us which products are safe. More Americans are now dying from legal pharmaceuticals than from illicit drugs. Cannabis, meanwhile, has been used for thousands of years and is linked to zero recorded overdoses.
But most plainly of all, the federal government has no Constitutional power to regulate medicine or to outlaw cannabis in the first place. Iowa lawmakers can reassert their proper role by joining the growing movement of states saying ‘no’ to federal prohibition.