Iowa and marijuana
The Hawkeye State is in the midst of a severe winter storm that, while not uncommon, is significant, shutting down all but one part of the state. It's the Iowa caucus in which the GOP candidates must prove they can finish the race in order to be nominated as the party's nominee. Since 1972, the Midwestern state of Iowa has been the first to hold its caucus, which routinely serves as a litmus test for how candidates will fare later in the campaign. So what about Iowa and marijuana with all this politics and all this political hubbub?
With a population of about 3.2 million, they are the 36th state in terms of voters and residents. But every four years they are present from outside thanks to the primaries. Iowa is widely known for its agricultural sector, particularly the production of corn, soybeans, pork, and eggs. Therefore, the state is known for its food processing and extractive industries. They are located in the central part of the country and represent rural life. Outside the state capital of Des Moines, Iowa State University in Ames has a well-known computer science program that attracts students from all over the world.
But what about Iowa and marijuana?
Current Governor Kim Reyonlds is not a fan and has been a hindrance. Reynolds has stated, “I believe marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to other illegal drug use and has a negative impact on our society.”
Cannabis is illegal for recreational use in Iowa, but hemp products, including CBD products, are legal for consumers to possess and sell at registered retailers. Possession of even small amounts of marijuana is still a felony. The state's medical marijuana program for patients with debilitating medical conditions allows the legal sale and possession of no more than 4.5 grams of THC per patient every 90 days.
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According to a 2021 Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll54% of Iowans support legalizing recreational marijuana. But with the governor's staunch opposition, progress will be difficult to make. Despite public acceptance, the governor believes she knows what is better for the population.
Meanwhile, Missouri and Illinois will benefit from consumers and taxes.