A Review of Kim Reynolds’ Cannabis Policies: A Laughable Failure (That Isn’t Funny)

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Hello, fellow Iowans! Today, we’re taking a break from our usual topics to discuss something that’s been gnawing at me for a while – our Governor Kim Reynolds and her baffling stance on cannabis legalization. Now, I know this is a hot topic, and opinions vary widely. But as an Iowan and a concerned citizen, I can’t help but voice my thoughts.

The Cannabis Situation in Iowa

Rating – ☆☆☆☆☆ 0/5 Stars – (Definitely Would NOT Recommend!)

Let’s start with the elephant in the room – the refusal to legalize recreational cannabis in our state. While many states have embraced the potential economic and social benefits of legalization, Iowa remains firmly in the “no” camp. And who’s leading this resistance? None other than our dear Governor Kim Reynolds.

Now, I’m not saying that the decision to legalize should be taken lightly. But it’s hard to ignore the potential benefits – increased tax revenue, job creation, and a decrease in cannabis-related arrests, to name a few. Plus, with neighboring states moving towards legalization, it feels like Iowa is being left in the dust. But hey, who needs progress, right?

Iowa’s Joke of a Medicinal Cannabis Program

And then there’s the medicinal cannabis program. To say it’s a joke would be an understatement. It’s more like a comedy show. The restrictions on THC levels make it nearly impossible for patients to get the relief they need.

In Iowa, the Office of Medical Cannabidiol (OMC) at the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services manages the state’s medical cannabidiol program. The OMC works to balance a patient’s need for access to treatment of their debilitating medical condition, with the requirement to ensure the safety and efficacy of the products. However, the THC levels in the state’s medical cannabis program have been a point of contention.

In 2021, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a law changing Iowa’s medical cannabis program. The law replaced a 3% THC cap on medical cannabis products with a 4.5-gram over 90-day cap on THC in medical cannabis products. This cap, however, has been criticized for being too low to provide adequate relief for patients.

And the hoops that patients have to jump through to qualify? It’s like a circus act. But don’t worry, folks, it’s all part of the show!

Kim Reynolds’ Controversies

The DUI Charges

Our Governor, who has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, not once, but twice, is making decisions that affect patients who could genuinely benefit from medicinal cannabis. According to an AP News article, Reynolds was charged in 1999 and again in August 2000. In 2000, she was initially charged with Second Offense DUI, but pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. It’s a slap in the face to Iowans who are suffering and could use this plant as a form of relief.

The ‘Too Much Too Soon’ Approach

Ah, Governor Kim Reynolds, the beacon of wisdom in the great state of Iowa. She, in her infinite wisdom, decided that Iowans suffering from chronic illnesses didn’t need more access to medical cannabis. No, no, she thought it was ‘too much too soon.’ I mean, who needs progressive healthcare policies when you can stick to the status quo, right?

The Opposition to Recreational Cannabis

And let’s not forget her stance on recreational cannabis. Despite the fact that numerous states have successfully legalized and regulated it, contributing to their economies and freeing up law enforcement resources, Reynolds remains steadfast in her opposition. Because why would Iowa want to benefit from an industry that’s projected to be worth $30 billion by 2025? That’s just silly.

The Green Grass on the Other Side

While Iowa is stuck in a cannabis conundrum, our neighboring states have embraced the green wave and are reaping the benefits. Let’s take a look at Illinois, Missouri, and Minnesota.


Illinois legalized recreational cannabis in 2020 and the results have been nothing short of impressive. According to a Chicago Tribune article, the state reported record-breaking sales of over $1 billion in its first year of legalization. The tax revenue generated from these sales has been used to fund local governments, substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, and a grant program for areas most affected by the war on drugs.


Missouri began adult-use cannabis sales on Feb. 3, 2023, following the successful passage of cannabis legalization by voters in November 2022. In the first three months of adult recreational cannabis sales, Missouri has sold $350.2 million, including $256.2 million of adult-use cannabis and $94 million in medical marijuana. This information is according to the Missouri’s Division of Cannabis Regulations (MDCR). Missouri’s cannabis industry has created over 14,800 direct jobs, and these jobs pay higher than cannabis jobs in many other states.


Minnesota has been making strides towards cannabis legalization. While the state currently allows medicinal cannabis, there’s a strong push towards legalizing recreational use. According to a Minnesota House article, the House gave the green light to adult-use recreational cannabis on May 18, 2023. If the Senate repasses the bill and it’s signed by Gov. Tim Walz, recreational cannabis usage would become legal on Aug. 1, 2023. The governor has previously expressed support.

So, while our neighbors are progressing and reaping the benefits of cannabis legalization, Iowa remains stuck in the past. It’s high time our leaders took note and made decisions that reflect the changing times and the will of the people. And we have Kim Reynolds to thank.

In Conclusion

Look, I’m not saying our Governor is all bad. But when it comes to the issue of cannabis legalization, it feels like we’re stuck in the past. It’s time for a change, Iowa. It’s time for our leaders to listen to the people and make decisions that benefit us all. But until then, we’ll just have to sit back and enjoy the (shit) show.

Please note that this is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of all Iowans. I welcome a healthy discussion on this topic and look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments. You can also vote in the poll to let your voice be heard.

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