Iowa leaders drop study of medical marijuana

Iowa lawmakers have called off plans to have a committee study the legalization of medical marijuana, saying such a decision could be made by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy noted Monday that an old state law says the board may set the rules, so there's no need for a committee. The Des Moines Democrat says the ball is in the board's court now The pharmacy board in February recommended the Legislature change the classification of marijuana. It noted that a decades-old piece of Iowa law already appeared to allow that, but members said the intent of the law was unclear. The board's executive director, Lloyd Jessen, said Monday that the board doesn't want that responsibility and needs direction from elected leaders.