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Iowa board hears from public on medical marijuana

DES MOINES (AP) -- The debate on whether Iowa should legalize the use of marijuana for medical treatment continues as state pharmacy regulators hear from patients, doctors and others during a hearing in Des Moines.

The pharmacy board is conducting four public hearings as part of a scientific review that followed a decision last month to reject a petition to reclassify marijuana.

A Polk County judge had ordered the board in April to reconsider the petition to remove marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Those drugs are believed to have no safe medical use and to has a high risk for abuse.

The Wednesday hearing came as the ACLU's Iowa chapter filed a new petition with the courts to change the drug's classification, seeking to overturn the board's decision.

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