Among 13 US States and Territories with some form of decriminalized cannabis, but no specific medical or recreational regulation, Iowa’s law is perhaps the most strange and counterproductive.

Patients with intractable and debilitating epilepsy may possess limited amounts of plant oil extracts that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) and have virtually no delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

However, another State law prohibits cannabis cultivation and any reciprocity in its distribution, while Federal law prohibits transporting the substance across state borders.

So, instead of helping, the Iowa law makes default criminals out of individuals who need this proven alternative medicine the most.

Iowa’s current CBD Oil legislation is set to expire this July. There are around 30K Iowa residents living with epilepsy, and about one-third of epilepsy cases are classified as intractable (not responsive to medical treatment). If the Statehouse and Senate fail to make progress with a new bill, these Iowans could face criminal charges for simply possessing a substance that prevents debilitating seizures.

Adam Todd and Support Finishing The Race Photo Credit: Homegrown Iowan

That is why, last April, Patrick Loeffler (living with intractable epilepsy) and Dale Todd (father of a teenager, Adam, with intractable epilepsy) wrote an emotional appeal to Iowa lawmakers, reminding them of their duty to protect Iowa’s ‘most vulnerable population’ and consider the nearly 80% of Iowans that favor medical marijuana access.

‘What we don’t understand is a legislator’s lack of compassion that allows people to continue to suffer,’ argues the pair, ‘We didn’t choose this life, and we certainly don’t want legislators choosing our treatment options. Please leave that to our medical teams.’

Still, Iowa’s recent legislative session proved unproductive. While Republican Senator Brad Zaun (Urbandale) filed a reasonable bill that calls for a Medical Advisory Board to oversee a program of 4 growers and 18 dispensaries providing medicine to doctors and patients with a ‘lengthy list’ of medical conditions, the chances this bill passes in the Statehouse are slim, where the best hope for medical cannabis access is extending the preexisting (useless) bill.

Adam Todd’s story is one of inspiration. He lives with autism and intractable epilepsy. His debilitating seizures have caused permanent brain damage. Despite his condition, Adam has gained national support through his enthusiastic cross-country participation which, amazingly, helps prevent seizures.

Show Adam your support. Help Iowa join the 28 states and millions of Americans with access to medical marijuana by sharing your story with CBD Oil and its help preventing debilitating seizure conditions.


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Born in the OC, raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and trained at the UNESCO City of Literature’s University of Iowa, Cole has a BA in English Literature and Certificate in Writing from the University’s undergraduate program. Existentially overwhelmed by our grand story and humanity’s terrible scale, Cole maintains purpose through a focused appreciation of travel, new experience, creative expression, helping others and giving back to the planet. He has backpacked across Western Europe, exchanged labor for lodging on organic farms, and volunteered with underprivileged youth programs in his own neighborhood. He believes in sustained positivity, empathy, altruism, and the great potential of a more connected human species. Cole’s values drew him, early in young adulthood, to the symbiotic nature of cannabis consumption and culture. He realized, immediately, the hypocrisy and greed behind cannabis prohibition. Therefore, he is an everyday advocate for breaking stigmatization. He believes cannabis not a simple hobby but, a movement. His future plans include making bomb vegan food, more travel, living the Boulder life, and – before hitting the big ‘three-zero’ – an MFA in Creative Writing.