An attempt in the Iowa Legislature to expand access to medical marijuana ended this session with a failed vote in the House.
Members of the Republican-controlled chamber voted 63-31 against the bill that included a production system for the drug. The bill also would have allowed potential partnerships with states that have a production system in place, like Minnesota. Republican Representative Zach Nunn of Altoona says there are financial issues in creating a manufacturing system in Iowa for a small group of people.
House Democrats say there are legal implications with any out-of-state partnerships, and the bill would not have made it easier for Iowa residents to access cannabis oil allowed under law.