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      Medical marijuana bill lacks support in the Iowa Senate

      A Senate subcommittee approved a medical marijuana bill Monday, but the panel's chairman, Iowa City Sen. Joe Bolkcom, says the proposal likely won't go further because there isn't support for it in a full committee.

      The proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use likely is dead for this session.

      The bill would allow patients with a qualifying condition, such as cancer, to get a prescription for medical marijuana. Nonprofit dispensaries could provide marijuana to eligible patients.

      Bill advocates with illnesses like multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder testified Monday that marijuana was a better alternative to synthetic prescription drugs.

      Republican subcommittee member Sen. Joni Ernst opposed the bill, saying it would be difficult to ensure dispensaries wouldn't sell marijuana to people without a prescription.

      A House subcommittee has rejected a similar bill.