Iowa lawmakers preparing marijuana legislation


November 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Bills that would decriminalize marijuana and would approve its medical use may be headed for the Iowa Legislature.  State Rep. Bruce Hunter told The Des Moines Register that he is preparing a bill on decriminalizing pot possession as long as those caught with marijuana weren’t selling it.

The Democrat also says he’ll reintroduce a medical marijuana bill, and state Sen. Joe Bolkcom says he’ll be seeking co-sponsors in the coming session for his medical marijuana measure.  Gov. Terry Branstad has said he’ll veto bills that would legalize marijuana for any use.  Voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures earlier this month that let adults 21 and over to possess small amounts of marijuana under state regulation and taxation.