Gov. Branstad to likely sign medical marijuana bill

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Governor Branstad says he'll likely sign the medical marijuana bill into law.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signs a bill into law on Feb. 17, 2015. (Courtesy: Office of the Governor of Iowa)

The bill expands access to medical cannabis to people with more than a dozen conditions.

It passed the Senate. But its fate was uncertain in the House. During his weekly news conference Monday, Branstad said he was pleased the legislature reached a consensus at the last minute.

"I have a responsibility to diligent review and consider all aspects and that's what I do with every bill. But certainly it's something that I'm pleased was approved and I'm very hopeful that we don't find any major problems so I think it's likely that I will sign it," he said.

Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats couldn't agree on how to fund water quality. Some wanted to raise the sales tax to help pay for projects.

"I think we had two bills that were fairly similar that passed both houses. We were disappointed they didn't get the differences worked out, but I think by continuing to work on that. It can get done," he said.

Lawmakers adjourned early Saturday after passing the budget.