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New Iowa Laws Take Effect

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) On Tuesday, July 1st, nearly 30 new laws go into effect in Iowa. Among the changes, new legislation regarding cannabis oil, E-Cigarettes and money raised from corn sales.

Changes are coming to laws both old and new. The Iowa Corn Checkoff is almost 40 years old, while other changes are on issues so new that federal regulatory agencies havent had time to reach their own conclusions yet.

But still, the Iowa State Legislature is working off the information that is has now.

"We really need to have the experts tell us, 'Here's what's best for public health, said State Senator Rob Hogg.

New legislation that takes effect Tuesday makes it possible for parents to legally posses cannabis oil if a doctor says its a last resort treatment for their children. Another law would treat electronic cigarettes just like regular nicotine products. It prohibits selling to minors and keeps the products away from school property.

Senator Hogg says the laws might not be perfect, but its the best way to keep people safe, until they can find out more.

"I think we're going to go slow, I think we're going to monitor what's happening, and I think we're going to be very careful to protect public health, said Hogg.

The catch is that while Hogg and other legislators say that things like E-Cigarettes are harmful, others just simply disagree.

"I just think it's wrong to treat something just like something else when it's not, said Cedar Rapids resident Holly Reilly.

When more research is done, Hogg says the work done now could change.

"If the F.D.A. were to say it is safe, well that would also change the way we approach the issue, said Hogg.

But its not all uncharted territory.

The legislature is also increasing the maximum limit for the Iowa Corn Check off to three cents per bushel from its one cent maximum now.

"A lot of these costs that have gone up over the years, with inflation and that kind of stuff, it takes more money than it used to, said Linn County Corn and Soybean Growers Association President John Airy.

The Check off is a small piece of corn profits that farmer give back for research and marketing. Its especially helps farmers who grow corn as a commodity.

"It's just not feasible for an individual farmer in Iowa, no matter how large his or her operation is, to be able to market that product, said Hogg.
 
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