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      Iowa Legislature legalizes medical marijuana oil

      The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill legalizing the use of a form of marijuana oil to treat chronic epilepsy. The measure passed the House 75-20 and the Senate 38-8 at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday as lawmakers pushed toward adjournment. It goes to Gov. Terry Branstad. It allows the medical use of oil derived from the cannabis plant as a last-resort treatment for seizures caused by a chronic form of epilepsy. The oil cannot be smoked and doesn't create a high. It would have to be obtained in another state that produces it. A written recommendation from a neurologist is required. Patients and caregivers must acquire a registration card from Iowa's Department of Public Health. Mothers of children with epilepsy lobbied lawmakers and are credited with changing minds of many.Previous stories... Senate renews effort to legalize medical marijuana Medical marijuana bill may surface in Senate Iowa Gov. Branstad warns about medical marijuana