Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst Speaks On Medical Marijuana Bill

Des Moines, IA (ABC9 News) - Senator Joni Ernst is speaking out on the potential expansion of Iowa's medical marijuana law.

A bill passed by the senate defines debilitating medical conditions including cancer, MS, epilepsy, and PTSD.

The bill also sets up a system for medical cannabis dispensaries in Iowa. 12 would be licensed by April 1st of next year.

While the Senator says she has supported the use of cannabis oil in the past, she says she is against the opening of those dispensaries, and the general use of medical marijuana.

"What I would like to see happen first is to see concrete medical evidence that this can be appropriately controlled and utilized in a very very controlled manner," says Ernst. "I would like to see additional research done on medical marijuana before we throw it at Iowans."

The bill is heading to the Iowa House for debate.

To hear more from Senator Ernst, tune in to ABC9 on Sunday morning at 9:00 for an exclusive interview on "This Week In Siouxland."



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