Why didn't Iowa City get a medical marijuana dispensary? – Iowa City Press Citizen   Recently updated !


Hillary Ojeda, Iowa City Press-Citizen Published 5:33 p.m. CT Dec. 6, 2018

Cities where medical marijuana dispensaries have and have not been approved.(Photo: Des Moines Register)

Dispensaries in five Iowa cities started offering medical cannabidiol products last week after they were given licenses by the Iowa Department of Public Health in March.

Davenport’s Have A Heart Compassionate Care is the closest location for registered Iowa City caregivers and patients to obtain the medication which researchers have found to have potential therapeutic uses. 

“People have been very positive,” said Trey Reckling, the Training and Development manager, adding they’ve had Iowa City customers in the past week. “They now have a safe and tested product.” 

There are at least 12 medical marijuana cards registered in Johnson County, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Those cardholders can go to any of the five dispensaries to get cannabidiol products in three forms: gel capsules, tincture and cream. Three different companies have dispensaries in Sioux City, Windsor Heights, Davenport, Council Bluffs and Waterloo. 

In March, the Iowa Department of Public Health denied an application by a company to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Iowa City. The application was sent by Iowa Cannabis Company, owned by entrepreneur Tate Kapple. His company applied for five dispensary licenses and was approved for one location: Waterloo. 

READ: Iowa medical marijuana industry says future remains hazy

All of their applications met the minimum requirements. However, with only five licenses to give, the Iowa Department of Public Health said the Iowa City application, like many others, would have to wait. 

“I think the most difficult part of all this was being limited to five (licenses),” said Randy Mayer, director of the Iowa Office of Cannabidiol. “It was a complicated matrix of companies that were above the

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