Iowa Legal Information

In 2014, the Iowa legislature passed SF 2360, the “Medical Cannabidiol Act,” which allows licensed neurologists to certify patients with intractable epilepsy to use cannabidiol (CBD) products with 3% or less THC content. The law does not allow other types of physicians to write qualifying recommendations, nor does it allow for patients with any other conditions to obtain legal protections. Qualifying patients must obtain a state registry ID card in order to receive legal protection; qualifying patients may designate a caregiver to assist them. The law does not impose a minimum amount of CBD, but does not extend legal protections for products with more than 3% THC. The state began issuing registration ID cards to qualifying patients in 2015, but patients have no ability to purchase or cultivate their medicine in state.


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Iowa Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations

In 2014, the Iowa legislature passed SF 2360, the “Medical Cannabidiol Act,” which allows licensed neurologists to certify patients with intractable epilepsy to use cannabidiol (CBD) products with 3% or less THC content. The law does not allow other types of physicians to write qualifying recommendations, nor does it allow for patients with any other conditions to obtain legal protections.

Becoming a patient in Iowa

Only Iowa patients with intractable epilepsy are eligible to get a legal recommendation for CBD oil under SF 2360. They must obtain the recommendation from a neurologist has treated the patient for intractable epilepsy for at least six months.

Recommending Cannabis in Iowa

Under SF 2360, only neurologists may recommend CBD oil, and they may only recommend it to patients are treating for intractable epilepsy.

Iowa Caregiver, Producer and Provider Info

Primary caregivers may possess and assist with administration of CBD oil to a registered patient. There are no in-state providers or producers under SF 2360. Instead, patients must obtain their CBD oil from a state that allows for reciprocity to purchase CBD oil in that state.

Facing state or federal charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.