Governor Terry Branstad is giving his first indication that he would be open to signing a limited medical marijuana bill into law this legislative session.
Branstad recently met with parents who want to use an oil derived from marijuana to help their children who have seizures. Branstad, a Republican, says he’s talked with the governor of Utah, who approved such a law.
Branstad made the comments during Monday’s “River to River” show on Iowa Public Radio. Branstad says the Utah and Alabama laws relate to a non-hallucinogenic oil extracted from cannabis, and are very limited. The governor would consider signing such legislation.
The governor, up to now, has called for more documentation on the benefits — and the possible abuse of marijuana — if it was approved for medical use in the state.