Iowa Board of Nursing
Kathleen R. Weinberg, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Information about Cannabidiol Use in Iowa

February 6, 2020

At the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session, the Iowa Attorney General’s office issued a guidance document explaining the current state of the law regarding cannabidiol (CBD) products.  If, during the 2020 legislative session, there are any changes regarding the legality of CBD products, we will send an updated announcement.

Below are excerpts from the Iowa Attorney General’s statement on hemp and CBD products.

The entire statement can be found at this LINK (updated 5/14/2020)

“CBD is a specific type of cannabinoid that occurs naturally in cannabis plants, predominately in its flowering tops and to a lesser extent in its resin and leaves.”

“Currently, Iowa law defines marijuana as “all parts of the plants of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin, including tetrahydrocannabinols.” Iowa Code § 124.101(20).

“Because CBD is derived from parts of the cannabis plant that are included in definition of marijuana, CBD is considered marijuana under Iowa law. . . . The only exception in state law is described in Iowa Code Chapter 124E.”

“Consumers should be aware that CBD products are not regulated for quality by the FDA or the state. CBD products potentially could contain contaminants, such as heavy metals or pesticides. The quantity of CBD or THC advertised on a product’s label may not accurately reflect the true composition of the product. . . . The FDA has, and intends to continue, using its authority to take action against companies who sell CBD products that put consumers at risk.”

“Consumers and sellers of CBD products should understand that, because the products are illegal under Iowa law, local law enforcement agencies retain the authority and discretion to take criminal enforcement action against people who sell or possess over-the-counter CBD products. In addition, the Office of the Attorney General has the authority to take enforcement action against any person for false or misleading advertisements or deceptive sales practices related to CBD products.”

Printed from the Iowa Board of Nursing website on November 29, 2022 at 3:25pm.