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Medical Cannabidiol Act Registration Card Program

Welcome to the Medical Cannabidiol Act Registration Card Program website.

Iowa enacted the Medical Cannabidiol Act on July 1, 2014. The Act provides that a person may recommend, possess, use, dispense, deliver, transport, or administer cannabidiol if the recommendation, possession, use, dispensing, delivery, transporting, or administering is in accordance with chapter 124D of the Iowa Code.

What is the Medical Cannabidiol Act?

Effective July 1, 2014, Senate File 2360 established Iowa Code chapter 124D, the Medical Cannabidiol Act, allowing for use of cannabidiol to treat intractable epilepsy. Cannabidiol is a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid found in the plan Cannabis sativa L. or Cannabis indica. The law allows patients to possess and use (but not to manufacture or sell) cannabidiol. The law also allows designated primary caregivers to possess cannabidiol on behalf of certain patients. Possession and use of cannabidiol requires the recommendation of a neurologist.

The Medical Cannabidiol Act directed the Iowa Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Transportation, to establish a process to approve and generate Cannabidiol Registration Cards for patients and their primary caregivers. Cannabidiol Registration Cards provide documentation that patients and primary caregivers have met the requirements of the Medical Cannabidiol Act Registration Card Program and are authorized to legally possess medically-necessary cannabidiol.

The Medical Cannabidiol Act allows oral or transdermal administration of cannabidiol oil containing no more than 3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). A patient may possess no more than 32 ounces of cannabidiol oil and primary caregivers may possess no more than 32 ounces of any cannabidiol oil for each patient.

Publication of Proposed Administrative Rules

The proposed administrative rules for the Medical Cannabidiol Act Registration Card Program have been published in the August 6, 2014 Administrative Rules Bulletin.

Any interested person may make written comments or suggestions on the proposed rules on or before August 26, 2014. Such written comments should be directed to Deborah Thompson, Iowa Department of Public Health, Lucas State Office Building, 321 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075. Comments may be sent by fax to (515) 281-4958 or by e-mail to <>.

Notice of Public Hearing

There will be a public hearing on August 26, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at which time persons may present their views either orally or in writing. At the hearing, persons will be asked to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of the amendments.

This hearing will originate from the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) and will be accessible over the ICN from the following locations:

Council Bluffs
Iowa Western Community College - 1
2700 College Road
Council Bluffs, IA

Davenport Public Library
321 Main
Davenport, IA 52801-1490

Des Moines
Lucas State Office Building
Sixth Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Mason City
North Iowa Area Community College - 4
500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401

Ottumwa Regional Health Center
1001 E. Pennsylvania
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Sioux City
Sioux City Public Library
529 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA 51101