What is the legal status of cannabis in Iowa?
In May of 2017, Iowa governor Terry Branstad signed house file House File 524 into law. This new act removes penalties for the possession of cannabidiol or other cannabinoids in any preparation containing less than 3% THC by weight. The state does not permit any other use of Marijuana whatsoever.
Governor Branstad made it clear that the bill was signed into law because those in government recognize and sympathize with the needs of individuals and their families who deal with any of the debilitating conditions listed below. The bill is being reconsidered in the next session of the state legislature in order to add a clause preventing those with drug-related offenses from working in the cannabidiol industry or holding a medical card.
CBD oil derived from industrial hemp is 100% legal in all 50 states, as this plant never has more than trace amounts of THC, but is generally rich in CBD and other cannabinoids. Furthermore, there is a grassroots movement for the removal of restrictions on hemp cultivation in the state of Iowa; it would become the 32nd state to create an industrial hemp pilot program if the 88th general assembly permits it.