A new initiative seeking to legalize medical marijuana has been unveiled in the Iowa Senate, and the proposal will have its first test on Wednesday.

Senate Study Bill 1190 has been scheduled for a hearing before a three-member Senate subcommittee, which is expected to advance it to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, a supporter of medical marijuana, said the bill would allow the use of medical cannabis for about a dozen illnesses, ranging from cancer to glaucoma, and permit the production and sale of medical marijuana in Iowa.

"I feel very optimistic that we will get something passed," Zaun said. However, he added, "Obviously, this will take some negotiation with the House."

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William Petroski ~ DesMoinesRegister.com ~

 

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