Politician Info
D Kim Reynolds (R - IA)

Holds office Governor

Position on Medical Marijuana

In 2019, Governor Reynolds vetoed House File 732, which sought amend and expand the state’s low-THC/high CBD access program. The proposal would have expanded the pool of health professionals eligible to recommend medical cannabis products and it would have opened the program up to those with severe or chronic pain. It also would have removed the three percent THC cap on medical cannabis products. (Link)

In her veto message, she stated: "Ultimately, I believe Iowa must proceed cautiously to ensure that any expansion of our medical CBD program is thoughtful and deliberate. ... So I look forward to working with the Legislature and the Medical Cannabidiol Board to find an evidence-based THC limit that we can work to enact along with the rest of the provisions in House File 732 that I support. The health and safety of Iowans is too important for us not to get this right." (Link)

Comments

Lawmakers are expected to move legislation similar to HF 732 in the 2020 legislative session. Governor Reynolds most recently said that she “supported” many provisions in that legislation, but that she continues to oppose efforts to raise the existing 3 percent THC cap on medical cannabis products. (Link) 2019

Q. Do you favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use? Reynolds : No (10/10/18) https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/10/iowa-governors-debate-kim-reynolds-fred-hubbell-questions-answers-marijuana-death-penalty-term-limit/1596582002/

When asked if she would support a bill to raise the cap on THC levels permitted in medical cannabis oil, she said she supports the system that's in place now. Link

“I do not support recreational marijuana. I don’t,” Reynolds said Friday in an interview with The Gazette. “I won’t be the governor to do that.” “I just think that when the data continues to come in, especially with the strength that we’re seeing, the potency, the amount of psychotic episodes that are happening, it’s a gateway and there are statistics there to support that.” Reynolds said. https://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/kim-reynolds-i-won-t-be-the-governor-to-legalize/article_f71f9a15-e1c6-5dc6-8bbc-43a0efda10b3.html 

“Medical is different. I think we need to be cautious and careful. I think we’re seeing the benefits from the cannabidiol oil that has none or very little of the THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in it and it’s having an impact,” she said. https://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/kim-reynolds-i-won-t-be-the-governor-to-legalize/article_f71f9a15-e1c6-5dc6-8bbc-43a0efda10b3.html

Address

State Capitol 1007 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50319

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