- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The outgoing chairman of Iowa’s Republican Party supports legalizing the medical use of marijuana.

GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker wrote an opinion column The Des Moines Register ran Sunday (http://dmreg.co/1f7FYsv ) arguing that Republicans should support medical marijuana.

Spiker says doctors know better than politicians what treatments are needed.

Spiker submitted his resignation earlier this month, and a vote on his replacement is scheduled for March 29.

Spiker plans to work for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s political action committee. Rand Paul is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, and Spiker had previously backed Paul’s father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com