Author Archives: Carl Olsen

Appeal from pharmacy board’s refusal to consider religious exemption

On August 15, 2018, my attorney filed an appeal from the pharmacy board’s refusal to consider a religious exemption to the schedules of controlled substances for the sacramental use of cannabis by members of the Rastafari faith.  Olsen v. Board … Continue reading

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Legal Analysis of Response from Board of Pharmacy

Analysis of the July 16, 2018, Response from the Iowa Board of Pharmacy POINT #1: The Iowa Board of Pharmacy (board) responds that Iowa Code chapter 17A does not establish a right or a procedure for an individual to petition … Continue reading

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Board of Pharmacy responds to Petition for Religious Exemption

Iowa Board of Pharmacy ANDREW FUNK, PHARM.D. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR July 16, 2018 Carl Olsen PO Box 41381 Des Moines, IA 50311 Sent via email only to: Carl Olsen and Colin Murphy RE: Petition for Scheduling Recommendation Mr. Olsen, On July … Continue reading

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Sacramental use of cannabis

I’m a member of a Jamaican Rastafarian church incorporated in Jamaica as the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church (EZCC) in 1976, Act No. 11.  The sacrament of the EZCC is cannabis. I was arrested in 1978 with 100 pounds of cannabis … Continue reading

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Has Murphy v NCAA changed anything?

Has the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Murphy v. NCAA, 584 U.S. ___ (May 14, 2018), prohibiting Congress from forcing states to outlaw sports gambling, actually changed anything regarding legalization of marijuana in the States?  No, not really, and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Congressional Candidates 2018

April 28, 2018 Dear Candidates for the Third Congressional District of Iowa, Some candidates, including David Young, are supporting state medical marijuana programs.  However, despite the fact that 46 states now have such programs, there still exists a lack of … Continue reading

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Requested Amendments to SF2397 (2018)

Proposed Amendment to SF 2397 (a bill by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means)   AN AMENDMENT TO SF 2397   Section 124E.1, Code 2018, is amended by adding the following new subsection and renumbering the remaining subsections: NEW … Continue reading

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Candidate Questionnaire 2018

HAS IOWA TURNED TO CRIME? We’ve been hearing some startling comments on Iowa’s new cannabis oil law lately, 2017 Iowa Acts Chapter 162, HF 524.  Iowa’s new law authorizes “production and distribution” in Iowa of products containing “any cannabinoid” found … Continue reading

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House Concurrent Resolution 104 is a Bad Idea

On January 19, 2018, some Iowa legislators with good intentions filed House Concurrent Resolution 104 (HCR104), asking the federal government to reclassify marijuana. Although the intention is good, HCR104 is bad. Iowa needs to clean up its own affairs before … Continue reading

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