Iowa is now home to five medical marijuana dispensaries. They were approved under a law passed last March, permitting the sale of specific cannabis-derived products to those suffering from qualifying conditions including untreatable pain, side effects of cancer, seizures, ALS, and others.

CBD for the People

According to the Omaha World-Herald, approximately 500 Iowa residents have received their medical marijuana cards and can now buy three types of medical cannabidiol (CBD): gel capsules, tinctures, and creams. Charley Wells, an employee of Have A Heart Compassion Care—a former barbecue-restaurant-turned-dispensary—in Council Bluffs near the Iowa-Nebraska border, told the publication he expects traffic to increase as Iowans familiarize themselves with medical cannabis.

“More and more, the stigma of the product is getting lifted and people are getting excited,” he said.

Sarah Reisetter, a public health official in Iowa, said the number of applications increased as the Dec. 1 opening date approached. A majority of patients “cited untreatable pain as the reason they were seeking the compounds.” According to the Omaha World-Herald, “physicians don’t prescribe or recommend the products,” but rather they certify a patient’s eligibility depending on their medical conditions.

More than 300 physicians have certified patients, and one of the state’s largest

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