Pending States

Iowa Medical Marijuana Laws

A cardholder shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for giving an amount of marijuana the person is allowed to possess under subsection 1 or 2 to a cardholder for a registered qualifying patient’s medical use where nothing of value is transferred in return, or to offer to do the same.


Iowa Marijuana Card State Protections

A school, employer, or landlord shall not refuse to enroll, employ, or lease to, or otherwise penalize, a person solely on the basis of the person’s status as a registered qualifying patient or a registered primary caregiver, unless failing to do so would put the school, employer, or landlord in violation of federal law or cause the school, employer, or landlord to lose a federal contract or funding.

A person shall not be denied custody or visitation of a minor for acting in accordance with this chapter, unless the person’s behavior is such that it creates an unreasonable danger to the minor that can be clearly articulated and substantiated.


Iowa Caregiver Protections

A registered primary caregiver may receive compensation for costs associated with assisting a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana, provided that the registered primary caregiver is connected to the registered qualifying patient through the department’s registration process. Any such compensation shall not constitute the sale of controlled substances.

A physician shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to a civil penalty or disciplinary action by the board of medicine or by any other business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, solely for providing written certifications or for otherwise stating that, in the physician’s professional opinion, a patient is likely to receive therapeutic benefit from the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition, provided that nothing shall prevent a professional licensing board from sanctioning a physician for failing to properly evaluate a patient’s medical condition or otherwise violating the standard of care for evaluating medical conditions.


Iowa Marijuana Patient Protections

A person shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for providing a registered qualifying patient or a registered primary caregiver with marijuana paraphernalia for purposes of a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana.

Any marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, licit property, or interest in licit property that is possessed, owned, or used in connection with the medical use of marijuana, as allowed under this chapter, or property incidental to such use, shall not be seized or forfeited.

A person shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, simply for being in the presence or vicinity of the medical use of marijuana as allowed under this chapter, or for assisting a registered qualifying patient with using or administering marijuana.