While Senator Ernst has cosponsored the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 and voted to legalize medical cannabis oil, she opposed the legalization of medical cannabis in Iowa in 2015. Senator Ernst has also not supported the SAFE Banking Act, medical or adult-use legalization, or ending cannabis prohibition at the federal level.
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S.1276 - Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (2017-18)
Ernst and the law officers also briefly discussed marijuana, the legalization of which the senator said she is “adamantly against.” (October 2022)
While the Senator says she has supported the use of cannabis oil in the past, she says she is against the opening of those dispensaries, and the general use of medical marijuana.
"What I would like to see happen first is to see concrete medical evidence that this can be appropriately controlled and utilized in a very very controlled manner," says Ernst. "I would like to see additional research done on medical marijuana before we throw it at Iowans."
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