This year is set to be another big one for drug reform in the United States. Not so in Iowa, where politicians with old-timey views on science and personal freedom insist on preserving strict prohibition.
Take a look at the six states bordering Iowa, ranging from staunchly conservative to moderately liberal, and you can see how embarrassing the situation is. Iowa already has some of the region’s harshest criminal penalties for marijuana possession, and there’s a good chance we will look even worse by comparison at the end of 2020.
In our seven-state cohort, only three states — Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin — still impose potential jail time for first-time convictions for small amounts of marijuana, according to information compiled by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Iowa’s company in this shameful category is fleeting.
Last week, the South Dakota secretary of state validated a petition to put marijuana…