The state of Iowa has a scarce medical marijuana program. In 2014, Iowa’s lawmakers passed Senate Bill 2360, allowing the possession of CBD oil with a THC concentration of less than 3%. The CBD laws in Iowa were expanded upon during Governor’s Terry Branstad cadency under House File 524 in 2017.
CBD oil extracted from marijuana plants will contain a significant amount of THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid. Marijuana-derived products can get the user high and are federally illegal.
You can buy marijuana-derived CBD oil in Iowa if you have one of the following conditions:
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Due to contradictory laws regarding hemp-derived CBD, buying your CBD oil locally in Iowa isn’t the best option because you would instantly break the law even though hemp is federally legal.
What’s legal there and what’s not?
Unfortunately, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller decided to ban CBD oil for those who are not suffering from a medical condition. In other words, it’s illegal to sell and buy CBD products locally without permission.
Although the laws regarding cannabis are tight in Iowa, there are still plenty of options for getting CBD oil into your hands. The state is slowly making progress with its medical marijuana laws, but it seems as though further amendments are far off into the future.
The IDALS is currently drafting proposed regulations for an Iowa hemp program, to be approved by the USDA before enactment.
The unlicensed sale of CBD or of any cannabis product is punishable by law with tiered penalties depending on the severity of the offense. The sale of less than 50 kilograms, or 110 pounds, is a felony punished by five years in prison and a $7,500 fine; 50-100 kilograms, or 110-220 pounds is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The sale of 100-1,000 kilograms, or 220-2,205 pounds, is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The sale of any amount more than 1,000 kilograms, or 1.1 tons, can earn up to 50 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
State law requires laboratories to establish and implement test methods and standard operating procedures for the testing of cannabinoids, microbiological impurities, pesticides, residual solvents and processing chemicals, and metals. All testing labs must, at a minimum, test for and report measurements for the following cannabinoids: THC, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), CBD, cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabigerol (CBG), and cannabinol (CBN).
Only five dispensaries licensed by the IDPH can sell medical cannabidiol products to patients with a valid registration card.
The home cultivation of any kind of cannabis is illegal in Iowa. Cultivation without a license is punished by the same violation tiers as the illegal sale of cannabis.
The IDPH currently is not accepting new applications for manufacturing or dispensary licenses.
There are currently no requirements for CBD lab testing outside of the medical cannabidiol program, as the cultivation and sale of any CBD products other than licensed by the IDPH is illegal.