Iowa State Senators Want YOU to Vote on Legalization of Marijuana
A month ago, I put together an article pertaining to the legalization of recreational marijuana in the Hawkeye State. Our two senators -- Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley -- are firmly against it.
According to iowacapitaldispatch.com, Chuck Grassley said the following on marijuana use:
Despite a number of states legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, there is unfortunately not enough research into the impacts of marijuana use in the long term, particularly for adolescent or pregnant users.
Joni Ernst said something similar, per vote.norml.org:
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. I would like to see additional research done on medical marijuana before we throw it at Iowans.
That's not the case with state senators Joe Bolkcom, Janet Petersen, and Sarah Trone Garriott, who, according to We Are Iowa, held a press conference yesterday where they proposed "a constitutional amendment during the next legislative session that would treat marijuana like alcohol in the state of Iowa."
It would basically begin to treat marijuana like we treat a six pack of beer, and so that consumers would be able to legally purchase it if they are 21 years of age and older.
We hope that Republicans will see the value of giving this decision over to Iowa voters.
When you think about the cost of doing convictions on 4,300-plus Iowans a year, it's really expensive for your county attorney, your county sheriff, your local police department, all of that property taxes. That's a major impact that I think a lot of Iowans will see some benefit from simply eradicating those offenses to our tax bills.
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