Grassley led a hearing last month on the subject. Witnesses included Joseph Rannazzisi, a top administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, who said his agency still considers CBD to be a Schedule I drug, which is the most closely regulated classification.
Despite their newfound ability to obtain cannabis oil via the mail, the Gaers will continue to lobby Congress and state legislators to expand medical marijuana laws to allow distribution and possession of other types and for other conditions. “I hope the Legislature doesn’t use this as an excuse to say, ‘We don’t need to do anything else,’ ” Steve Gaer said.
Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, declined to say whether his office believes mail-order deliveries of CBD oil are legal under Iowa’s year-old law. Greenwood said it would be up to county attorneys to decide whether to prosecute anyone for such sales or purchases. The attorney general’s office would be willing to consult with county attorneys on the subject, but the office isn’t offering a public opinion, Greenwood said.
The company says the oil is extracted from a special strain of cannabis plant. The strain is bred to produce little THC but lots of another chemical, cannabidiol, known as CBD.
Sally Gaer emphasized that she waited to try giving her daughter the oil until many other people had used it without evidence of harm. “I don’t try every potion out there that’s purported to be a miracle,” she said.
Some medical experts have urged caution. They say the oil has not been thoroughly tested and they advise families to wait for federal authorities to approve a pharmaceutical version. But other doctors, including some in Iowa, have backed families’ decisions to try the oil now, because it has fewer potential side effects than many other anti-seizure medications.
Marijuana is now legal for medical and recreational uses in Colorado. CW Botanicals has gained national attention for its Charlotte’s Web oil, which many families say can dramatically reduce seizures in people with severe epilepsy.
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