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SF 2391:

increases the penalty for simple possession of marijuana from a simple misdemeanor (six months in jail) to an aggravated misdemeanor (two years in prison), allows a police officer to administer a urine test to a motorist upon a "reasonable suspicion" that the motorist is operating under the influence of marijuana, and makes a metabolite of marijuana evidence of impairment for the purpose of obtaining a criminal conviction for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana.

Note: The vote was 96-3 in the Iowa House (only three Democrats opposed this bill: Dotzler, Fallon, and Ford), and 44-2 in the Iowa Senate (only two Republicans opposed this bill: Freeman and Rife).  This legislation is likely to be signed into law by the Governor.

For a list of Des Moines Register articles regarding increased penalties and drugged driving legislation, click here.

Fiscal Note to SF2391.

Fiscal Note to SF2369 (a previous version of Division II, SF2391).

Fiscal Note to HF2504 (a previous version of Division III, SF2391).

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