The Quad City Times interviews new cannabis commissioner, Mike McKelvey.

Worth a read if you want to get a bit more detail on what’s happening in the state of Iowa

Here’s a taste..

Q: Former Gov. Branstad always expressed concern over unintended consequences associated with a creeping acceptance of marijuana. Do you share that concern?

A: Like I said before, I think Iowa is trying to be careful but compassionate — doing this carefully to make sure we’re not going to let something slip through the cracks that may impact Iowa negatively down the road. There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there that the public assumes the marijuana today is the same marijuana from back in Woodstock or that their grandparents may have smoked. What we’re seeing today is that the marijuana from the ’60s and ’70s was probably under 5 percent THC, and kind of the average street value of marijuana today is closer to 20 percent THC. There’s also some genetic engineering going on of marijuana, some of the stuff that wasn’t around back in the ’60s and ’70s, so there are some concerns out there, and I think it wise to move slowly in this area.

Full interview at: http://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/four-questions-with-leader-of-iowa-medical-marijuana-board/article_648b7734-fc32-5bf9-b675-fb3ba679cd58.html