DPAC Minutes - July 2019

Date: July 30, 2019                                                           

Location: Iowa State Capitol, Room 103, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa

Called to Order: July 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Adjourned: July 30, 2019 at 2:45 p.m.

Voting Members Present: Dale Woolery, Chris Wilson, Amanda Potterfield, Nancy Hunt (for Barb Anderson), Jane Larkin, Warren Hunsburger, Jennifer Miller, Jason Sandholdt, Mike McKelvey  (for Dave Lorenzen), Paul Feddersen, Vern Armstrong, Steve Michael, Jennifer Robertson-Hill (for DeAnn Decker)

Non-Voting Members Present: Trace Kendig (for Rob Burdess), Doug Kruse (for Col. Jonathon Borg), Josh Happe (for Steve Larson), Miriam Landsman (for Brad Richardson)

Voting Members Absent: Matthew Harkin (excused), Katrina Carter (excused)

Guests and Presenters Present:  Mike McKelvey, Robin Pruisner, Emily Vogt, Denise Roberg

ODCP Staff Present: Dennis Wiggins, Susie Sher


Welcome and Introductions

Director Woolery called the meeting to order and welcomed attendees. 

Approval of the October 8, 2018 minutes

Motion to approve minutes. Minutes approved.

Medical Cannabidiol Status

Mike McKelvey, Chairperson of the Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board, provided background on Iowa’s Medical CBD law. He presented a review of Iowa’s current CBD program. He gave an overview of approved conditions and CBD Board recommendations. He also provided data from the Iowa Department of Public Health that shows the majority of patients report untreatable pain as their qualifying condition. Mike also provided information on HF 732 from the 2019 session and concerns of the CBD Board moving forward. Handouts provided.

Hemp Legislation

Robin Pruisner from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship presented an overview of Iowa’s hemp program. Robin clarified that there is no way to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana without lab equipment to test it. There are four purposes for growing hemp that all vary in growing methods (grain, seed, fiber, and CBD). Minnesota has seen “smoke-able hemp bud” showing up in stores. She gave a history of federal hemp law allowing pilot projects. Each state must submit a state plan to the USDA and wait for approval. She also gave an overview of SF 599. The bill allows a person to grow 40 acres of hemp. The bill assigns regulatory oversight to the Iowa Department of Agriculture. They cannot start licensing growers until the USDA approves the state plan. Robin clarified that this bill did not legalize over-the-counter hemp and CBD products. Robin also shared that if people want to grow CBD in Iowa, they will have to harvest it and take it out of state for legal processing because it is not legal to process it in Iowa for consumption. It can be a long process to get that done. Also, Minnesota started testing for total THC. They are now running a 25% failure rate. If the crop in Iowa tests above 0.03% THC, the crop cannot be harvested and must be destroyed. If it tests over 2% they have to report to the Department of Public Safety.

Tobacco and Vaping Developments

Emily Vogt from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control, talked about electronic smoking devices. Two types are closed systems and open systems. The closed system uses a prefilled cartridge. The open system requires refilling. The “e-juice” used for refilling the devices is flavored liquid nicotine. Emily provided examples of four generations of these devices. The percentage of nicotine can vary by device. One Juul pod contains 59 mg of nicotine per ml. The nicotine content in one pod is equivalent to one pack of cigarettes. Another brand of pod-style devices may be equivalent to two or three packs of cigarettes, depending on nicotine concentration. Another product called “heat not burn” heats a tobacco stick at a low temperature but does not produce smoke.

Youth rates of e-cigarette use has gone up dramatically in Iowa. Adult use rates include 60% of current adult smokers. This shows a high rate of dual use. 12.6% of adult e-cigarette users were never smokers. Emily provided information about Quitline Iowa.

Agency Updates
Amanda Potterfield shared that this will be her last meeting. Sharon Greer will represent the courts at the next meeting.  Iowa Deparment of Public Health will be providing a training on December 3rd. Jane has been training DNR on Narcan and shared that variation in temperature is a concern with the effectiveness of the product. Two members shared that they did not know of any issues. Dale shared that Susie Sher will take over DPAC duties for Dennis Wiggins. Steve Michael shared that the legislature created a Justice Advisory Board that will replace three other boards. CJJP is in the process of finalizing that board. He also shared that his office is looking for two researchers to replace leaving staff.

2020 Planning

Director Woolery shared that he hopes the council will have an active role going forward in both policy and Iowa Drug Control Strategy. Susie Sher shared an update on the upcoming Iowa Drug Control Strategy and asked for input from the council.


Next meeting TBD