The conditions have been added under the first stage of a wide-ranging expansion of the medicinal marijuana program announced Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy. Any doctor who is allowed to prescribe controlled unsafe substances, like opioids, may recommend cannabis.
He is also calling for legislation to double the amount that patients could purchase in a month, to 4 ounces.
The governor says the changes he's making is just a start and there could be additional measures to make the medical marijuana program more effective. "We're going to have to get working in this right away to get new licensees and the expansion of the current ones". The biggest change: people with specific kinds of chronic pain, anxiety, migraines and Tourette's syndrome may ask their doctor to recommend them to the program.
The Iowa Department of Public Health requested the proposals from companies under Iowa's expanded medical marijuana law signed previous year. If you are approved, you will get a card saying you are enrolled in the program.
Bill Caruso is an advocate for New Jersey United For Marijuana Reform. "We will have a medical marijuana program ... that at long last meets the needs of patients", he said.
Marijuana for medical use has been available in the state to those who qualify; registered patients in the state have had access to medical marijuana since 2017. "This will save hundreds if not thousands of others".
"We are thrilled that the Iowa Department of Public Health selected MedPharm Iowa to operate dispensaries in Sioux City and Windsor Heights", Dr. Chris Nelson, owner of MedPharm Iowa, said in a news release. The previous list included terminal cancer, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.
The list "served no legitimate objective other than to put a mark on doctors and advance and amplify some of the stigma associated with this", Murphy said Tuesday.
According to a spokesperson from the Iowa Department of Public Health, information in the applications was confidential.
The Murphy administration will also permit the state's existing medical marijuana businesses-called Alternative Treatment Centers-to open satellite locations to increase the supply of the drug. Governor Murphy also announced that the fee to become a medical marijuana patient is being reduced from $200, to $100, or $20 for veterans and seniors. Now the dispensaries are required to be nonprofit.
Recreational marijuana isn't legal in Florida, despite a widely shared online report that the Legislature had passed a measure legalizing use.