DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has approved five locations in Iowa to have a license to sell medical marijuana, which in Iowa is cannabis oil.
Council Bluffs, Davenport, Waterloo, Windsor Heights, and Sioux City will have until March 28 to accept the licenses.
Medical cannabis oil can have a THC content of up to 3 percent. People can qualify for medical cards if they have medical conditions like Parkinson's, cancer, seizures or other terminal illnesses.
The Iowa Cannabis Company, Inc. was approved to have a license to issue medical cannabidiol at the Waterloo location.
"We are honored to have been selected by the IDPH to serve as one of five dispensaries in the State of Iowa. We are excited for the opportunity to serve the community of Waterloo and Eastern Iowa. We believe that safe and equal access to medical cannabidiol for all patients in Iowa should be the highest priority in this new industry," Aaron Boshart with the Iowa Cannabis Company said.
The IDPH said ten other locations in Iowa met the minimum score, but they don't anticipate giving them a license at this time. The list included locations in Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Iowa City, Des Moines, and Sioux City.
"When we looked at geographic distribution It seemed like Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Davenport were pretty clear necessities. We are looking forward to hearing from these companies whether these are accepted or not," Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter said.
Pattrick Loeffler owns the corner store apothecary in Cedar Rapids. He has intractable epilepsy and has a medical CBD oil card. He says the oil has dramatically improved his quality of life.
"I've got my life back because of the CBD oil. Since I've gotten on the oils myself, I'm off of two heart medications, two diabetes medications. I went through five seizure medications. I'm down 100 pounds and driving seizure free for a few years now," Loeffler said.