Medical Marijuana Takes A Step Back In Iowa As Two Dispensaries Close Doors
Iowa’s medical marijuana program sustained multiple losses last week as one of its manufacturers temporarily shut down operations and two of its dispensaries closed permanently.
Now, Iowa patients will have to travel more to get their products. The Iowa Department of Health says that it could be a year or more to fill the gap. Currently, there are only three dispensaries working. Harvest Health & Recreation, the owner company of Have a Heart, commented that it was not economically feasible for them to continue operations. On the other hand, Acreage Holdings Inc., the parent company of Iowa Relief, announced that their facility will temporarily close as well due to the impact felt by the COVID-19 pandemic. These closures bring up queries about the sustainability of Iowa’s program.
MedPharm’s dispensaries at Windsor Heights and Sioux City continue to be open. They are offering consultations by phone and curbside delivery. The company is trying to cultivate the plant and develop the products, all while trying to maintain social distancing rules. The Acreage Chair and Chief Executive believes that regardless of the uncertain times, the U.S. cannabis industry seems pretty stable. As of now, Iowa’s legislative session remains on pause but it is scheduled to continue when the session resumes. To offer better care, Sen. Joe Bolkcom believes at least another 15 dispensaries are required.
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