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Weekly Newsletter from Dan Huseman

 

Dan Huseman

March 28, 2019

Next Friday is the second funnel so both chambers were busy this week moving legislation

through the process. With the weather finally starting to warm a bit, everyone is itching to

finish the session and return home. That could happen in another month.

Over the last few weeks, much of the state has experienced severe Flooding which doesn't look

to be slowing down anytime soon. The western part of Iowa has been impacted significantly

compared to the rest of the state with several towns being evacuated. In response to the Flooding,

Governor Reynolds has been traveling the state to survey the damage and meet with local

officials. House Republicans thank the Governor for her work and quick action to help in

recovery efforts. Governor Reynolds requested an expedited Presidential disaster Declaration for

$1.6 billion in aid which President Trump quickly approved for 56 counties, making them

immediately eligible for federal disaster relief.

A few years ago, the Legislature passed a bill that expanded Iowa's medical marijuana program

to allow the growing, producing, and distributing of cannabidiol (CBD) in Iowa and added to the

list of conditions that are eligible for treatment with CBD. As part of that legislation, a board of

medical professionals and law enforcement was created which was tasked with reviewing

research and studies to help guide the Legislature in policy discussions related to CBD. They are

also able to add new medical conditions to the approved list through administrative rule. This

ensures that medical determinations are being made by medical experts, not politicians. The

Board has already expanded the list of qualifying conditions since the law went into effect. This

session, the Board has provided us with additional ways that we can move forward and improve

our CBD program to help Iowans suffering from debilitating medical issues.

House File 732 creates more access to CBD for sick Iowans and updates the law to reflect

common medical terminology. The provisions of the bill are recommendations that came directly

from the Medical Cannabidiol Board. These recommendations are based on science and

research, rather than anecdotal stories or emotion.

The bill would allow additional medical professionals to recommend CBD for a patient, such as

physician assistants and nurse practitioners. This makes it easier for sick Iowans in rural parts of

the state to access a health care provider that is able to recommend CBD as a treatment. The bill

also removes the 3% THC cap and replaces it with a 25 gram limit over 90 days, which is more

in line with medical terminology. These changes would put clear boundaries in place to prevent

abuse of CBD medications. Finally, the bill allows for compassionate, end of life care when a

doctor determines that someone has less than 12 months to live through a waiver process. This

would allow terminally ill Iowans, with a doctor's recommendation, to request higher dosage

levels from the Medical Cannabidiol Board to alleviate pain in their final months.

This legislation continues to keep public safety at the forefront while also providing sick Iowans

with relief. Law enforcement has been at the table during these discussions. Throughout the

course of this discussion, House Republicans worked closely with House Democrats and medical

professionals to find solutions. This legislation is a good step forward to ensure that sick Iowans

are able to access evidence-based treatments that may help alleviate the symptoms of their

condition.

You may reach me at the Capitol during the week by phoning me at 515-281-3221, or

home at 712-434-5880. You may write me at the State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.

My home address is P. O. Box 398, Aurelia, Iowa 51005. If you have email, please

contact me at dan.huseman@legis.iowa.gov.

 

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