Iowa approves medical marijuana licenses in 5 cities

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) - The Iowa Department of Public Health has approved medical marijuana dispensary licenses for five cities--including Davenport.

The announcement says a company called Have a Heart Compassion Care qualified for the Davenport dispensary.

Ryan Kunkel, the company's CEO, says the company currently has 6 retail locations that serve both medical and recreational marijuana in the state of Washington and have recently expanded into Hawaii, California, and Oregon.

Kunkel says the company is looking forward to coming to Davenport.

"And have the fortunate experience to watch the industry grow and be in a position to expand and bring our experience to places like Iowa," he said.

Have a Heart Compassion Care plans on doing business on 53rd street near Jersey Ridge Road.

Dispensary licenses were also approved in Council Bluffs, Waterloo, Windsor Heights, and Sioux City. It only allows for the distribution of cannabidiol which is limited to plant extracts in the form of oils or creams.

In order to buy products from the dispensaries, people must apply online for a patient registration card and take it to a doctor, who then must certify that the patient has been diagnosed with one of the debilitating medical conditions listed on the Iowa Department of Public Health's website: such as Cancer, multiple sclerosis, seizures, AIDS or HIV, Crohn's disease, ALS, any terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year, Parkinson's disease, and untreatable pain.

Information on how to apply for the Medical Cannabidiol Registration is available online with the Iowa Department of Public Health.