Iowa Marijuana Dispensary Investing $10 Million into Production
MedPharm, a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Iowa as well as other states, is set to go through a rebrand. Their new *cough* name will be Bud & Mary's, man.
I must say, that is far out name, man.
The recent laws removing the THC (chemical that produces the high from smoking weed) cap on medicinal marijuana have opened up demand for its sale. At least, according to what Bud & Mary's group president, Lucas Nelson told KCCI:
Knowing that you can now get online, you can get a card and sometimes as quick as a day, maybe two days max, you can come in and get some relief that you might not otherwise be able to get.
Per the news site, "Previously, the crop was able to meet the state's medical marijuana needs for five to six months. With current demands, it is only enough for six to eight weeks."
That's why the company is investing $10 million into not only its rebrand but the production of the plant, too. With 10,000 registered patients seeking the medical use of the drug, demand is incredibly... high.
Nelson says the company is progressing towards being fully prepared to provide the needed amounts of marijuana to meet that demand:
When we're done with the expansion we'll have more than three times this amount of plants in any given harvest. ... It's going to make sure that those are always on the shelf. No matter what, we're going to give ourselves more than enough space to make sure we can grow as many plants as the state needs.
The Mayo Clinic lists the following conditions as qualifiers for those who seek medicinal marijuana use:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn's disease
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Multiple sclerosis and muscle spasms
- Severe and chronic pain
- Severe nausea or vomiting caused by cancer treatment
With the removal of the THC cap and the fact that medicinal marijuana use became legal in the Hawkeye State in June of 2020, one may think that recreational legalization of the drug is impending.
With Iowa being the Republican-dominated state that it is, it's much less likely the drug will be legalized recreationally than in a blue state. Not only do our senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley remain firmly against its legalization, but the GOP members of the state legislature also detest the idea of making it legal.
To quote Representative Steven Holt of Denison, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and an interview he conducted with the Iowa Capital Dispatch regarding the decriminalization of weed and its legalization,
In terms of making marijuana legal, that is something I would never support.