The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted 6-0 to recommend to state lawmakers that marijuana be reclassified as a Schedule II drug and that a state task force be established to study how a medical marijuana law could be implemented there.
Marijuana is currently classified on the federal level as a Schedule I drug, with others like heroin and LSD. Schedule II drugs have accepted medical uses for treatment.
The recommendation came after the board held four hearings in 2009 that involved input from doctors, patients, researchers and advocates.
The Iowa House and Senate are each considering bills that would protect from arrest chronically ill patients who use marijuana to alleviate their conditions.
A Des Moines Register poll found that 64 percent of Iowans support patients’ use of medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation.