Iowa Governor Signs Legislation to Change THC Cap in State’s Medical Cannabis Program

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation June 29 that changes the THC cap in the state’s medical cannabis program, according to the Des Moines Register.

The new law, which cleared the House in March and the Senate earlier this month, replaces the current 3% THC limit for medical cannabis products with a limit of 4.5 grams of THC in a 90-day period.

Last year, Reynolds vetoed a bill that would have allowed patients to purchase 25 grams of THC in a 90-day period, citing concerns that the limit was too high. This year’s legislation aligns with recommendations from the state’s Medical Cannabidiol Board, which is made up of physicians and law enforcement, the Des Moines Register reported.

The new law also adds qualifying conditions to Iowa’s medical cannabis program, according to the news outlet, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and “severe, intractable autism with self-injurious of aggressive behaviors.”

Physician assistants, podiatrists, advanced registered nurse practitioners and advanced practice registered nurses can now certify patients for medical cannabis under the new law, the Des Moines Register reported, although the law also adds cannabis or controlled substance use in the workplace as grounds to disqualify workers from unemployment benefits.

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