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Press Release:                                      Contact:   Carl Olsen
November 23, 1995                                              515-288-5798

Iowa Legislative Survey Results

     Iowans for Medical Marijuana sent a Legislative Questionnaire to each
of the 100 members of the Iowa House of Representatives and to each of the
50 members of the Iowa Senate.  Our questionnaire asked: "Will you lend
your support in demanding that the Federal Government allow Iowans with
legitimate medical needs to use marijuana for medical purposes?"  We
received 43 replies from the Iowa House of Representatives (43%), and 16
replies from the Iowa Senate (32%).  10 of those responding in the Iowa
House of Representatives were in favor of our proposal, 21 of those
responding were unsure, and 13 of those responding were opposed.  10 of
those responding in the Iowa Senate were in favor of our proposal, 5 were
unsure, and 2 were opposed.  The results seem to better than last year.
Last year, 3 of those responding in the Iowa House of Representatives were
in favor of our proposal, 7 were unsure, and 8 were opposed, while 7 of
those responding in the Iowa Senate were in favor, 3 were unsure, and none
were opposed.  The response to the survey was much better this year than
last year.

     Carl Olsen, coordinator for Iowans for Medical Marijuana, said, "We're
doing a good job of educating the Legislature about the medical benefits of
marijuana.  Many of them were unaware of the present conflict between state
and federal law."  Since 1979, Iowa law has allowed prescription of
marijuana.  Federal law has never allowed prescription of marijuana, but
the federal government had been supplying marijuana to patients on a
selective basis under a program of compassionate care.  In 1992 the federal
government decided to stop accepting new applications for its compassionate
care marijuana program.  Only eight Americans remain on the federal program
and two of them live in Iowa.  Olsen said, "Health care should be a basic
fundamental right for everyone, not just the eight people who now receive
federally grown marijuana.  It's time the federal government stopped
playing games with people's lives and allowed doctors to prescribe
marijuana to all patients who need it."

     A federal bill, H.R. 2618, similar to Iowa's medical marijuana law,
Iowa Code  124.206(7)(a), was introduced in the U.S. House of
Representatives on Monday, November 13, 1995.

1994 & 1995 Iowa House of Representatives

   FIRST    LAST       ADDRESS                  CITY           ZIP   P  YES  NOT  NO
   NAME     NAME                                                             SURE
 1 Ronald   Nutt       3711 Cheyenne Blvd.      Sioux City     51104 R       XXX
 4 Ralph    Klemme     RR 4, Box 107            Le Mars        51031 R            XXX
 5 Kenneth  Veenstra   216 Arizona Ave., SW     Orange City    51041 R       XXX
 6 Richard  Vande Hoef 1833 100th Avenue        Harris         51345 R       XXX
 9 Dan      Huseman    6144 Y Avenue            Aurelia        51005 R       XXX
10 Russell  Eddie      1101 Pierce Drive        Storm Lake     50588 R  XXX
13 Michael  Cormack    447 2nd St., N.W.        Fort Dodge     50501 R       XXX
14 Norman   Mundie     RR 4, Box 78             Fort Dodge     50501 D       XXX
17 Russell  Teig       3581 Little Wall Lake Rd Jewell         50130 R            XXX
18 Steve    Sukup      2258 240th Street        Dougherty      50433 R            XXX
19 Gary     Blodgett   1050 Meadow Lake Dr.     Mason City     50401 R       XXX
22 Bob      Brunkhorst 419 3rd Avenue, SW       Waverly        50677 R            XXX
24 Donald   Hanson     3511 Monticello Ave.     Waterloo       50701 R            XXX
25 Don      Shoultz    295 Kenilworth Road      Waterloo       50701 D       XXX
26 Patricia Harper     3336 Santa Maria Dr.     Waterloo       50702 D  XXX
27 Joseph   Kremer     1217 250th Street        Jesup          50648 R       XXX
36 Pat      Murphy     1770 Hale Street         Dubuque        52001 D  XXX
37 Clyde    Bradley    835 Blackhawk Lane       Comanche       52730 R  XXX  1994
39 Dan      Boddicker  1052 195th Street        Tipton         52772 R  XXX
49 Dick     Myers      9 Woodland Heights, NE   Iowa City      52240 D  XXX
50 Lynn     Schulte    208 3rd Avenue South     Mt. Vernon     52314 R       XXX
52 Ron      Corbett    1517 D Avenue, NE        Cedar Rapids   52402 R            XXX
55 Chuck    Larson     3355 Riverpointe Cir. NE Cedar Rapids   52411 R            XXX
56 Jerry    Welter     RR 1, Box 224            Monticello     52310 R  1994
59 Phil     Tyrrell    222 N. Mill              North English  52316 R       1994
64 Beverly  Nelson     3107 Fieldcrest Court    Marshalltown   50158 R  XXX
69 John     Connors    1316 East 22nd Street    Des Moines     50317 D       XXX
70 Ed       Fallon     1321 8th Street          Des Moines     50314 D  VVV
75 Janet    Metcalf    12954 N.W. 29th Drive    Des Moines     50325 R  XXX
76 Steven   Churchill  6140 Nottingham          Johnston       50131 R            1994
77 David    Lord       1250 K Circle            Perry          50220 R            XXX
78 Dwight   Dinkla     221 South 12th Street    Guthrie Center 50115 R       XXX
80 Jim      Drees      RR 2, Box 111            Manning        51455 D       XXX
81 Jack     Drake      52462 Juniper Road       Lewis          51544 R       YYY
84 Brent    Siegrist   714 Grace Street         Council Bluffs 51503 R       XXX
85 Hubert   Houser     34697 Beechnut Road      Carson         51525 R       XXX
88 Horace   Daggett    400 N. Bureau            Creston        50801 R  VVV       1994
89 Brian    Coon       540 Ninth                Carlisle       50047 R            1994
90 David    Schrader   RR 2                     Monroe         50170 D       XXX
91 Richard  Arnold     Route 2, Box 149         Russell        50238 R       XXX
94 Jerry    Main       1107 West Gear           Fairfield      52556 R       XXX
95 Harold   Van Maanen 410 Liberty Street       Pella          50219 R            XXX
98 Philip   Wise       503 Grand Avenue         Keokuk         52632 D            XXX
"YYY" in a column indicates that the respondent is leaning toward a yes vote.

"VVV" in a column indicates that the respondent gave only a verbal response.

"1994" in a column indicates that the respondent gave a different response last year.

1994 & 1995 Iowa Senate

   FIRST    LAST       ADDRESS                  CITY           ZIP   P  YES  NOT  NO
  NAME     NAME                                                             SURE
 3 Wilmer   Rensink    3828 Hickory Avenue      Sioux Center   51250 R  XXX
 4 John     Kibbie     RR 1, Box 139A           Emmetsburg     50536 D  1994
 5 Mary Lou Freeman    311 W. Lakeshore Drive   Storm Lake     50588 R  XXX
 8 Berl     Priebe     2106 100th Avenue        Algona         50511 D  1994
 9 Stewart  Iverson    3020 Dows-Williams Road  Dows           50071 R       1994 XXX
10 Merlin   Bartz      RR 1, Box 17             Grafton        50440 R  XXX
11 John     Jensen     1331 120th Street        Plainfield     50666 R       1994
13 Jim      Lind       230 E. Ridgeway Ave.     Waterloo       50702 R  XXX
15 Allen    Borlaug    P.O. Box 333             Protivin       52163 R       XXX
16 Lyle     Zieman     401 Wilson, P.O. Box 368 Postville      52162 R  XXX
21 Maggie   Tinsman    3541 E. Kimberly Rd.     Bettendorf     52807 R            XXX
25 Robert   Dvorsky    515 6th Avenue           Coralville     52241 D       XXX
33 William  Palmer     460 Hawthorn Circle      Des Moines     50317 D  1994
35 Dick     Dearden    3113 Kinsey              Des Moines     50317 D  XXX
36 Elaine   Szymoniak  2116 44th St.            Des Moines     50310 D  XXX
45 Bill     Fink       379 S-23 Highway         Carlisle       50047 D  XXX
"YYY" in a column indicates that the respondent is leaning toward a yes vote.

"VVV" in a column indicates that the respondent gave only a verbal response.

"1994" in a column indicates that the respondent gave a different response last year.

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