The old debate about what to call the plant cannabis sativa L. is giving businesses real-world headaches in both new and established marijuana markets.
- Iowa allows medical marijuana but calls it something else.
- Texas restricts medical marijuana so severely that doctors must break the law to use the state’s program.
- California officials are struggling to draw a bright line between what products are allowed and which ones aren’t.
As Iowa enters its second week of cannabis sales, here’s a rundown of the confusing landscapes businesses face as they enter new markets:
Iowa: The missing decimal
Iowa threw the cannabis industry for a loop last year when it authorized medical marijuana but called it “cannabidiol,” the name for just one cannabinoid in the plant.
Iowa’s law limits MMJ products to 3% THC, 10 times the federal legal limit of 0.3%