Patients are getting pushback from doctors over cannabis oil

Central Iowans interested in using newly legal, cannabis-derived cannabidiol oil said they’re getting pushback from doctors.

The first metro dispensary, MedPharm Iowa, is expected to open ahead of the Dec. 1 deadline, but even if a patient has an eligible condition, it’s no guarantee their doctor will allow them access.

At a town hall meeting Tuesday, MedPharm Iowa heard that a lot from prospective patients who said they can’t find doctors willing to sign the paperwork needed to get CBD oil under Iowa law. A spokesperson for the Iowa Medical Society, Dennis Tibben, said in a statement to KCCI that it isn’t surprising patients are having a hard time.

He said with the legality of CBD on the federal level still in question, legalizing it on the state level is “unsustainable and dangerous.” Tibben said doctors fear the law could expose them to criminal or disciplinary action

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