Group of lawmakers to ask for special session about medical marijuana

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DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) – A group of lawmakers is expected to announce on Wednesday morning about a call for a special session to address medical marijuana legislation.

On Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said she had vetoed a bill that would have expanded access to medical marijuana for hundreds of Iowans, as well as changed some parameters of the program. Reynolds told reporters on Tuesday that she could not support the bill.

“I just could not support going from a 3 percent to 25 grams over 90 days which I do not support recreational marijuana and I just felt that that was too much of a jump,” said Reynolds.

On Wednesday, Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City) and Rep. John Forbes (D-Urbandale) will be meeting at 11 a.m. at the statehouse to call for a special session to override the governor’s veto of HF 732.  If two-thirds agree, there will be a special session to consider overturning the veto.

HF 732 passed the Iowa House by a vote of 96 to 3 and the Iowa Senate by a vote of 40 to 7.

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