With law enforcement officials cracking down on marijuana laws in Iowa, it’s no wonder nicknamed The Hawkeye State. Ok, maybe that’s not where it gets its nickname, but it sure seems to fit. If you are an Iowan, it is important to become familiar with local paraphernalia laws in order to avoid harsh penalties.
Marijuana is illegal in Iowa for any use, except for limited, non-intoxicating medical use. Paraphernalia and concentrates are also banned. The state imposes relatively harsh penalties on even low-level offenders, and no aspect of cannabis is decriminalized.
Possession of any amount of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeanor. The top penalties for a first offense are six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. The maximum sentence for a second offense is one year in jail and $1,875 in fines. A third and subsequent offense carries a top penalty of two years in prison and $6,250 in fines. Drug treatment may be imposed on offenders deemed to be addicts.
Cultivation or Distribution
Delivery or possession with intent to delivery half an ounce of marijuana without remuneration is treated the same as simple possession in Iowa.
Any other cultivation, distribution, or sale of cannabis is a felony. If the weight is 50 kilograms or less, the top penalty is five years in prison and a $7,500 fine. If the weight is between 50 and 100 kilograms, penalties increase to a maximum of 10 years in prison and $50,000. For amounts between 100 and 1,000 kilograms, the sentence tops out at 25 years in prison and $100,000.
Sale or distribution to a minor is a felony. It carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, and a top fine of $100,000. Using a minor is the process of selling marijuana is also a felony, subject to up to 10 year imprisonment and fines of $50,000
If sale to a minor happens within 1,000 feet of a park, school, or school bus, a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison applies.
Hashish and Concentrates
Concentrated marijuana, including oils and hashish, is treated the same as other cannabis. That means there are no extra penalties for possession, cultivation, sale, or distribution, and the same weight limits apply.
Any kind of drug paraphernalia is prohibited under Iowa law, including pipes, bongs, and digital scales. But this ban doesn’t apply if the items are marketed, sold, and used only for legal purposes, such as smoking tobacco. Possession of cannabis paraphernalia is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. Paraphernalia includes any items knowingly used to inhale, ingest, test, enhance or manufacture marijuana.
It is a misdemeanor in Iowa to sponsor, promote, or assist in a gathering where marijuana will be possessed, used, or distributed. The top punishment is one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,875.
Iowa’s has legalized the use and possession of CBD oil for patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. However, there currently exists no way for patients to get their hands on it. Production of cannabidiol extract remains illegal in Iowa, and transporting the substance over state lines is a federal crime.
Qualifying conditions – Intractable epilepsy
Patient possession limits – Limited amounts of cannibidiol oil
Home cultivation – No
State-licensed dispensaries – No
Caregivers – No
Reciprocity – No
Contact information – N/A
|Any Amount (first offense)||Misdemeanor||6 months||$ 1,000|
|Any Amount (second offense)||Misdemeanor||1 year||$ 1,875|
|Any Amount (subsequent offense)||Misdemeanor||2 years||$ 6,250|
|Drug treatment may be imposed on offenders deemed to be addicts.|
Sale, Distribution and Cultivation
|14 grams or less (first offense)||Misdemeanor||6 months||$ 1,000|
|14 grams or less (second offense)||Misdemeanor||1 year||$ 1,875|
|14 grams or less (third offense)||Misdemeanor||2 years||$ 6,250|
|50 kg or less||Felony||5 years||$ 7,500|
|50 – 100 kg||Felony||10 years||$ 50,000|
|100 – 1000 kg||Felony||25 years||$ 100,000|
|To a minor||Felony||25 years||$ 100,000|
|Using a minor||Felony||10 years||$ 50,000|
|A mandatory minimum applies when the sale to a minor happens within 1,000 feet of a park, school, or school bus.|
|See Possession and Sale sections for details.|
Hash & Concentrates
|Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana bud.|
|Possession of paraphernalia||Misdemeanor||6 months||$ 1,000|
|It is a misdemeanor to sponsor, promote, or assist in a gathering where marijuana will be possessed, used, or distributed. The maximum penalty is one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,875.|