Iowa residents buy out-of-state medical marijuana

While Iowa lawmakers continue their debate on whether to make medical marijuana sales legal, families are quietly buying cannabis extract from at least two out-of-state companies.

The Des Moines Register ( ) reports that law enforcement agencies are aware of the shipments and haven’t prevented them, even though their legality is debatable.

A Colorado organization has sent a total of 52 shipments of its cannabis oil through FedEx to more than two dozen Iowa residents. A California company is also shipping such oil to Iowa residents through UPS Inc., but it wouldn’t say how many customers it has in the state.

The distributors say their oil isn’t technically marijuana because it contains nearly none of the chemical that makes recreational users high. Federal officials disagree but haven’t punished people involved in the sales.



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