Iowa governor Kim Reynolds decided to reject two Republican legislative bills related to medical marijuana products and the power of the Attorney General.
Governor Reynolds Rejected Two Republican Bills
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds put a veto on a bill that would have significantly restricted the powers of the Iowa Attorney General earlier this month. Democrats greeted this move since they considered this legislative proposal an imposition of authority.
She also vetoed another bill on the expansion of the medical marijuana program, just before Memorial Day weekend.
A bill that the Republican-controlled Congress unanimously approved in March and that was passed in both Iowa Senate and House in April met the governor Reynolds’ disapproval.
She explained that she was worried by the potency and the increase of medical marijuana products proposed in the bill, and she added that she was in two minds whether marijuana was more harmful or beneficial for the health of Iowa citizens.
The issue that worried her the most was that this bill proposed the increase of THC levels in medical marijuana products up to 3% and it allowed 25 grams in a ninety-day period.
Even though more than a thousand people have signed the petition saying that the governor should sign this bill and that numerous states have followed the trend to lift or ease restrictions on the use of marijuana for medical purposes, the Iowa governor has decided to hit the breaks.
The political experts think that this was a tough call for the governor since the bill had the unanimous support of her political party. She openly showed her disagreement with her party policy by vetoing this proposal. The experts agree that this would have been a much easier decision if the passing of this legislation hadn’t been unanimously supported by Republicans.
On the other hand, her veto on the bill that would have limited the power of the Attorney General came as a compromising solution. Namely, this proposal forbids the Iowa Attorney General to file out -of -state lawsuits without the governor’s permission.
The governor Reynolds and Attorney General Miller met and reached a compromise. She promised to reject the bill if the Attorney General agreed to ask her for consent before filing the- out -of -state lawsuits.
Political experts who commented on this issue share the opinion that the Attorney General was forced to accept this compromise under the threat of facing an even more restrictive law in the future. They ended this discussion with a sarcastic notion that they could not discern the difference between “permission” and “consent.”