Candidates for Governor 2018

April 28, 2018

Dear Candidates for Governor of Iowa,

In 2017, the Iowa legislature authorized large-scale marijuana cultivation in our state for the purpose of making cannabidiol products, the Medical Cannabidiol Act of 2017, H.F. 524 (Acts Chapter 162, 87th General Assembly, 1st Session).

Cultivation of marijuana is a federal crime.  The federal penalty for cultivation of 1,000 or more marijuana plants is 10 years to life in federal prison and fines of up to $50 million.  21 U.S.C. § 841 (2018).  Federal law also authorizes the death penalty based solely on the quantity of marijuana even in the absence of any accompanying violent crime.  18 U.S.C. § 3591(b)(1) (2018).

If our state has no constitutional right to authorize cultivation of marijuana in Iowa, we are authorizing a federal continuing criminal enterprise here in our state.  21 U.S.C. § 848 (2018).

Prominent state legislators, both Democrat and Republican, have made public statements declaring that Iowa is openly violating federal law by enacting legislation they voted for.  Forty-six (46) states have enacted medical marijuana laws since 1996.  This has taken on the magnitude of a constitutional crisis.

Where do you stand on this issue?

Thank you!

Carl Olsen

Here’s how much marijuana you’d need to be eligible for the death penalty under federal law

One Reply to “Candidates for Governor 2018”

  1. Kim Reynolds, Governor

    May 3, 2018

    Dear Carl,

    Thank you for contacting the Office of Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.  Your input is essential as we work to build a better Iowa.

    The governor does not make a decision to sign or veto a specific bill until the final version reaches her desk, as bills can change significantly throughout the legislative process.

    For any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (515) 281-5211.


    Office of the Governor
    Ali Boettcher

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