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Iowa Conservative Backs Medical Marijuana

DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- A big conservative name in Iowa is coming out in support of expanding Iowa's medical marijuana laws.

Bob Vander Plaats, President & CEO of The Family Leader, says it's time to push for legislation making it legal for Iowans to produce and possess medical cannabis oil.

"Last year we stayed quiet. This year we believed we needed to lend a voice, because we see a gap, an unnecessary gap," said Vander Plaats.

His 21-year-old son, Lucas, was born with a rare brain disorder, which has led to severe developmental disabilities and seizures. Vander Plaats says medical cannabis oil won't help his son's condition, but if it is an option for other parents, he thinks it's time to take the next step.

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