This week Iowans from around the state urged the Iowa House to debate legislation that would legalize the use of medicines made from cannabis.  More than 80% of Americans now have controlled access to these medicines.  April Stumpf, whose daughter Quinn suffers from severe epilepsy, is an advocate for using medicines made from cannabis to treat her seizures. Last year, a bipartisan majority of the Iowa Senate voted to create a regulated, medically controlled system to provided help to Iowans with specific diseases and conditions.

Iowa families gather at the Statehouse to support access for medicines made from cannabis

On Wednesday, March 23 in the Iowa Senate, Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs cradled Quinn Stumpf of Riverside while Senate President Pam Jochum of Dubuque and Quinn’s mother, April Stumpf, looked on. 

Quinn suffers from severe epilepsy, a condition which has been significantly eased by treatment with medical cannabis.  Iowa families had gathered at the Statehouse to support of legislation giving Iowans the same sort of access medicines made from cannabis that most other American families already have.

Last year, a bipartisan majority in the Iowa Senate voted to create a regulated, medically controlled system to help Iowans with specific diseases and conditions.  That legislation, Senate File 484, is eligible for debate in the Iowa House.

According to the most recent polls, four out of five Iowans believe residents of Iowa should have controlled access to these medicines.

Photo by Senate Intern Michelle Johnson

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