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Should Iowa Legalize Medical Marijuana?

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - (CBS2/FOX28)  Twenty states have already passed medical marijuana laws and 13 more including Iowa are considering whether to legalize pot for treating everything from cancer pain to epileptic seizures.

While the days of "Reefer Madness" and other misinformation impacting public opinion are mostly gone, the debate over legalizing medical marijuana is as passionate as ever.  On a warm afternoon in the Newbo Neighborhood, reporter Matt Hammill asked for your thoughts.

Doug says he just returned from a trip to Colorado and the combination of relief and revenue make it a win, win, " They're getting 16 and a half percent tax on it so they're making money on it so why not .. it's a pain killer too and it has all kinds of good attributes ."
While most say they would never follow the mile-high areas recreational use of pot, they do believe there's enough evidence for Iowa lawmakers to revisit the medical possibilities.  Delane says Iowa should have made the move a long time ago, " I think there's a lot of people that could benefit from it as long as it's restricted in the right way. "

On Facebook, Dustin writes, " Clearly helping people, clearly good tax revenue, what's the hold up? "

Beverly posts, " I would rather have medical marijuana than be loaded down with the super addictive pain pills such as Oxycontin and Hydrocodone."
But Joanne says, "Give an inch and they will take a mile, because of that I say no."

Jeff writes, " I don't want someone under the influence working near me any more than I want someone who's been drinking before work ."

And Jennifer posts, " No, no, no .. It's a mind-altering drug.  Iowa has enough issues with laziness and obesity .. why on Earth would you want to enhance that. " 

But back in Newbo, Erin says she has been on the front lines of trying to help the patients who might see benefits from medical marijuana.  She works in pediatrics and says it's time to at least look at the options offered by marijuana, " I definitely think there are some advantages. I've had kiddos come in who have infantile seizures and the suffering that happens every minute .. every seconds .. all the seizures they have to go through and the developmental disadvantages because of it.  They're heartbreaking and the success that can happen for a child and their family and the ability to have some calm and quality of life .. I think it's worth considering . "

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