Photograph looking up from the base of the Iowa State Capitol Building.

Matt Turner

The Iowa Office of Medical Cannabidiol has awarded its first dispensary licenses to three companies to operate five locations throughout the state under the CBD-only law passed by the Legislature in 2017.

Licenses have been offered to:

  • HAH IA LLC, which will operate dispensaries in Council Bluffs and Davenport as Have a Heart Compassion Care
  • MedPharm Iowa, LLC, which will operate dispensaries in Windsor Heights and Sioux City
  • Iowa Cannabis Company, Inc., which will operate in Waterloo

Regulators announced that the three companies also met the standards to be eligible for additional licenses but said in the notice that “the Department does not anticipate providing a license at this time, pending acceptance of” the offered licenses. The eligible list also includes CLIA, LLC, which would operate in Des Moines.

Two companies did not meet the minimum score to be licensed. Those companies include Blue Collar Enterprises, Inc., which sought to open a dispensary in Council Bluffs, and Iowa Apothecarium, which sought licenses in Cedar Falls, Davenport, Sioux City, and Urbandale.

According to OMC statistics, 250 patient cards have been approved for the program. Dispensaries are expected to begin selling products on Dec. 1.

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