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Legalizing medical marijuana gets shot down in Iowa legislature

Medical marijuana has been approved in several states across the country. There has even been talk in Iowa about the potential of passing similar legislation.

However, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says if medical marijuana becomes legal in Iowa, drug abuse would increase. He says he feels for those suffering from illnesses, but fears the consequences would be too high.

"The abuse of prescription drugs is a big problem in this state, and I don't want to do something that's going to exacerbate that," said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

Jackson Recovery officials say marijuana is the second most common drug of choice in Siouxland. Alcohol is number one.
They treat nearly 3,000 patients for marijuana abuse each year. They say people use it to cope with their problems and it can impact people both mentally and physically.

"But there is actual research that shows that it's different, it's different from other drugs because it's a fat soluble substance, the THC is, it stays in our body longer, and thus it withdraws more slowly," said RoxAnn Smith, Prevention Specialist with Jackson Recovery.

Despite a group of patients and doctors testifying before lawmakers in Des Moines last week, the medical marijuana bill did not meet the requirements to move forward and be debated this session.
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