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Medical marijuana dispensaries getting ready to open this weekend across Iowa

Waterloo, Iowa (KWWL)- Medical marijuana dispensaries are getting ready to open their doors and sell their products here in Iowa.

The state’s first-of-its-kind dispensaries, including one in Waterloo, will officially open Saturday.

In Des Moines, MedPharm Iowa is making final preparations. We spoke with their GM, Lucas Nelson, over the phone.

He said, “Our email has picked up and our phones have been ringing like crazy.”

Here’s what you need to know ahead of Saturday:

Before walking into a dispensary, you’ll need a medical marijuana card. The Iowa Department of Public Health says more than 600 Iowans have qualified for one.

The MedPharm Iowa products will be available at every dispensary with prices ranging from  $30-$130 for a thirty day supply.

“We have oils, capsules and creams with a variety of formulations,” Nelson said.

It’s important to know, medical cannabis oil can only have a THC content up to 3%. THC is the chemical that gets you high.

The eight-member Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board, mainly made up of physicians, voted unanimously against recommending legislators lift the THC limit.

However, Nelson argues for more THC in order to better treat pain. The lower dose, he says, will force patients to seek more quantities and that will drive up patient costs, which insurance won’t cover.

Nelson said, “It’s heartbreaking to know that we have an ability to formulate other products and to make that not so burdensome for our patients, but instead we’re kinda stuck right now in the current situation, which is going to result in some patients paying more.”

The Waterloo dispensary, off La Porte Road, is run by the Iowa Cannabis Company. We spoke with their owner today who said they’re still working on the final touches, but will be open on Saturday.


Lauren Moss

KWWL News Anchor and Multimedia Journalist

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