marijuana http://iowapublicradio.org en News Buzz: Mackenzie Found Guilty http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-mackenzie-found-guilty <p>Last summer, a Long Grove resident was arrested after police found marijuana plants in his home. Benton Mackenzie claims his family grew the plants in order to treat a rare blood-vessel cancer. This past week, the jury reached a guilty verdict for Mackenzie, his wife and child.</p><p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Brian Wellner, crime reporter for the Quad City Times, about the circumstances, outcome of the trial and why the jury couldn’t hear his primary defense.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:39:20 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43606 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Mackenzie Found Guilty Medical Marijuana Bill Advances http://iowapublicradio.org/post/medical-marijuana-bill-advances <p>A bill to allow Iowa families to travel to other states and bring back a form of medical marijuana advanced &nbsp; in the Iowa Senate. &nbsp; Mo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">thers of epileptic kids pushed &nbsp;hard for the legislation, saying &nbsp;cannabis oil can help relieve &nbsp;their children’s seizures.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:43:20 +0000 Joyce Russell 39610 at http://iowapublicradio.org Medical Marijuana Bill Advances Which Bills Survived Funnel Week? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/which-bills-survived-funnel-week <p>Last week was "funnel week" at the statehouse.&nbsp; Now bills that couldn't make it through committee stand little chance of becoming law this session as lawmakers shift their focus to legislation that has more momentum to pass this year.&nbsp; However many of these issues might be revived in future legislative sessions.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:13:58 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 36713 at http://iowapublicradio.org Which Bills Survived Funnel Week? How Illicit Drugs Come to Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-illicit-drugs-come-iowa <p>In the 1990s crack cocaine was Iowa&#39;s major scourge when it came to illicit drugs. Today methamphetamine poses the most issues for communities and law enforcement though Eastern Iowa has also seen a uptick in heroin use.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer looks at how these legal substances are trafficked into Iowa and from where the drugs originate.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:52:10 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 30051 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Illicit Drugs Come to Iowa Marijuana's Legal Status in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/marijuanas-legal-status-iowa <p>After this year’s November election, where voters in Colorado and Washington voted to make marijuana legal for recreational use, people in Iowa are proposing similar legislation.Two bills will be proposed in the Iowa legislature, one on making medical marijuana legal in the state, and one decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of the substance.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 19:14:52 +0000 Ben Kieffer 11967 at http://iowapublicradio.org Marijuana's Legal Status in Iowa