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Joe Bolkcom
Medical marijuana bill moves ahead in Iowa Senate

A plan to expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa moved forward in the Senate on Thursday, though it's unlikely to find support in the Republican-controlled House. The legislation would make medical marijuana available to people with certain chronic diseases, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Those approved by a doctor could then purchase marijuana products produced in Iowa at state-run dispensaries. The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved a bill on Thursday. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said he was hopeful the bill could find support in the full Senate. "This legislation is really brought to us by patients. They've shown great courage to come...