Proposed Amendment to SF 256

A senator sent me a copy of a proposed amendment we would like added to SF 256 currently pending in the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee. We would greatly appreciate your support.

Senate File 256
1Amend Senate File 256 as follows:
21.  Page 5, after line 18 by inserting:
3<Sec. ___.  NEW SECTION124E.20  Federal regulations not
5Notwithstanding any federal regulation to the contrary, the
6use of medical cannabidiol pursuant to this chapter is not
7subject to federal regulation.>
82.  By renumbering as necessary.
Proposed Amendment to SF 256

It is critically important that this be included in our state law. State legislators frequently say that the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Act authorizes violation of federal law, including legislators who voted for it (Rep. Linda Upmeyer and Rep. John Forbes). This is not something suffering Iowans should be burdened with. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations exempt the religious use of a federal schedule 1 controlled substance, peyote. See, 21 C.F.R. § 1307.31 (2019). For the same reason, DEA must exempt a state medical cannabis program. We need to declare we have the right to do this and that DEA must include this exemption in Title 21 Section 1307 of the Code of Federal Regulations.