Second manufacturer joins Iowa’s medical marijuana program

As Iowa’s medical marijuana program this week meets its latest benchmark set by a law outlining its expansion, patients and caregivers can expect more products to become available to them in the future, state manufacturing officials indicate.

Thursday marks the official launch of Iowa Relief, the second state-approved medical marijuana manufacturer, which plans to release a tincture as its first product available to Iowans who rely on the program to relieve chronic medical conditions.

Not only are more products on the horizon from the new facility in Cedar Rapids, but another state medical marijuana manufacturer — MedPharm Iowa of Des Moines — plans to release vapor-based products, the first of its kind under the program.

Iowa Relief will offer the tincture from a line of products called “Botanist,” company officials announced at a public regulatory meeting earlier this month.

“We thought the market was looking for a tincture,” Patrick Doherty, senior operations associate of

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