This article originally appeared on August 3, 2019 by Rod Boshart.

A state panel Friday approved a recommendation to drop untreatable pain and instead list a more-easily defined chronic pain as a qualifying condition under Iowa’s medical cannabis law. But they rejected or tabled other maladies sought by patients and advocates…

Friday’s decision came after patients, legislators, medical experts, representatives of manufacturers and dispensaries, and others testified to the pros and cons of expanding Iowa’s medical cannabis law, which makes some marijuana-derived products available for medical use but limits tetrahydrocannabinol, or the psychoactive component of cannabis known as THC.

“All these roadblocks you’re doing, you’re really hurting people,” said Ray Lakers, who has multiple sclerosis.

However, Peter Komendowski of the Partnership For A Healthy Iowa commended the board members for their “good work,” telling those in attendance “it’s time to say yes to CBD and no to THC.”

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