6 Things to Know About Iowa's Recreational Marijuana Legalization Bill

The Iowa Legislature introduced a bill that legalizes recreational marijuana, and establishes a regulatory framework for the licensing and oversight of marijuana establishments by the alcoholic beverages division of the department of commerce.

Below are 6 things that you should know about Iowa’s recreational marijuana bill.

  • An owner of marijuana establishments who is a natural person must be a resident of Iowa for a year prior to submitting an application or a U.S. citizen.

  • Marijuana retail shops may be owned by an unlimited number persons who have been residents of Iowa for at least a year prior to the submission of the application.

  • The bill caps the number of cultivator and manufacturing licenses to 20 of each.

  • The application fee is $5,000 with $2,500 being transmitted to the local jurisdiction where the marijuana establishment is located. The local jurisdiction may also adopt and impose operating fees on retail marijuana businesses.

  • Cultivators are charged a $25 excise tax per immature plant; $50 an ounce of retail flower; and $15 an ounce for other parts of the retail plant. Retail stores may not purchase retail flower from a cultivator until it verifies payment of the excise tax.

  • The bill establishes a retail marijuana trust fund that distributes revenues across drug prevention programs, drug courts, and early childhood development programs. The bill also disbursed money to county supervisors where at least one retail dispensary is located.

Iowa Adds Vaporized CBD and Two New Qualifying Conditions to Medical Cannabidiol Program

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced that it has added to new conditions that qualify a patient for the medical cannabidiol program. Persons who suffer from ulcerative colitis and severe, pediatric autism that results in self injury or aggressive behavior may obtain a doctor’s certification of the diagnosis to qualify for medical CBD. The Department also indicated that it will now allow vaporized CBD products, which will become available in summer 2019.

Cannabis Regulatory Meeting Tracker 02/20/2019: 9 Meetings Today In Alaska, California, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey And Pennsylvania

Cannabis Regulatory Meeting Tracker 02/19/2019: 19 Meetings Today in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington

There are nineteen (19) meetings today in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Links to the meeting details and agendas are provided below.

California: City Of Berkley: Ordinance Permitting Cannabis Events
California: County Of Humboldt: Cannabis Marketing And Certification
California: City Of Marysville: Ordinance Require Development Agreement For Cannabis Activity
California: City Of Tracy: Temporary Moratorium Of Cannabis
California: City Of West Hollywood: Cannabis Ordinance
Colorado: Breckenridge Liquor And Marijuana Licensing Authority
Colorado: Denver City Council: Repealing Sunset Date Of The Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program
Massachusetts: City Of Boston: Community Outreach Meeting: Cannabis Establishment
Massachusetts: City Of Dorchester: Community Outreach Meeting: Marijuana Retailer
Massachusetts: City Of Hudson: Site Plan Approval For Recreational Adult Use Marijuana Facility
Massachusetts: City Of Orange: Community Outreach Meeting: Marijuana Extraction Facility
Michigan: Township Of Crockery: Separation Distances For Medical Marijuana Grow Facilities
Oregon Legislature: Agriculture And Land Use: Establishes Oregon Industrial Hemp Commission.
Pennsylvania: Penndel Borough: Regulations for Marijuana Dispensary Uses And Growers / Processors
Pennsylvania: West Goshen Township: Conditional Use Application: Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Washington Legislature: Commerce & Gaming: 6 Marijuana Bills
Washington Legislature: Ways & Means: Concerning Misdemeanor Marijuana Offense Convictions.
Washington Legislature: Commerce & Gaming: 4 Marijuana Bills
Washington State Liquor And Cannabis Board: Board Caucus Meeting

Cannabis Regulatory Meeting Tracker 02/18/2019: Eleven (11) Meetings Today in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Washington

Iowa: Legal Sale of Hemp CBD Starts December 1st: Available Only in Medical Dispensaries

Iowan medical marijuana patients can purchase CBD from a medical cannabidiol dispensary starting December 1, 2018. Iowa passed House File 524 in 2017, which established the Medical Cannabidiol Act. The Act authorized the creation of the Medical Cannabidiol Board to oversee the licensing and operations of two (2) cannabidiol processors and five (5) dispensaries. Medical cannabidiol must have less than .3% THC. The Act limits the sale of CBD products, including hemp based CBD, to qualifying patients that hold a registration card. A person must have one of a limited number of debilitating medical conditions, including a terminal illness, to qualify for medical CBD in Iowa.