Marijuana Considerations & Laws In Iowa

Marijuana Law:

Marijuana Law:

No Broad Laws
Legalizing Marijuana*:

*In these states, marijuana is either totally illegal, or there may be laws decriminalizing possession, or use of marijuana, or, the state may have a CBD law legalizing THC at a level constituting marijuana-derived CBD.

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Employer Concerns – Significant to Review

  • Iowa has a low-THC oils law denoting a THC cap of 3% and legal protection for registrants, if they obtain a card from the state. Allowable forms include oral, topical, nebulized inhalable, and rectal or vaginal suppositories.


  • If an employer does drug testing in this state there are some restrictions (i.e., marijuana is included in the drug testing panel, safety-sensitive employees can be in only one random testing pool, test results need to be sent to the donor (applicant or employee).


  • Smoking of CBD is not permitted.

Other Impacting Laws (e.g., drug testing, workers’ compensation, unemployment)

  • Impaired driving has zero-tolerance for THC.
  • There is a rebuttable presumption of intoxication if an employee has a positive post-injury test and the employee does not qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

Sources (e.g., Bill Number, Authority)

  • Iowa SF 2360 – Medical Cannabis Act
  • Iowa HB 524 – CBD related
  • Iowa’s Office of Medical Cannabidiol – http://idph.iowa.gov/omc
  • Iowa Code Ann. 730.5 – Drug testing related
  • Iowa Admin. Code 641-12.1 to 12.21 – Drug testing related
  • Sims v. NCI Holding Company (2009) Supreme Court of Iowa No. 07-1468 – Case decision related to drug testing
  • Iowa Code Ann. 96.5(2) – Unemployment related
  • Iowa Code Ann. 85.16 – Workers’ compensation related

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CAUTION: Where there are quotation marks, the language is directly from published law. This information is only a summary of some issues and it will benefit the reader to review the information in context (go to the law) and in relation to other laws (e.g. workers compensation, unemployment law).