DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Public Health has opened up comments on Senate File 2360, the Medical Cannabidiol Act. Passed by the Iowa General Assembly earlier this year, the law allows for the medical use of an oil derived from the marijuana plant for the treatment of epilepsy. Supporters, including the Bedtka family in Dubuque, say the oil reduces the severity of epileptic seizures and decreases other symptoms of the disease.
The IDPH is accepting written comments until August 26. On the 26th, it will hold a public hearing from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. where people can present their views orally or in writing, according to a news release.
The public comment will be broadcast across the state on the Iowa Communications Network and will be accessible at the following locations:
The hearing also will be accessible via conference call by dialing 1-866-685-1580 and using the pass code 5152814355. The proposed administrative rules for handling the medical cannabidiol are below.