- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An attempt to revive talks on legislation that would expand medical marijuana access in Iowa has failed in the state House.

The Republican-majority chamber voted down a motion Wednesday aimed at bringing up a bill that would create a system for manufacturing and distributing cannabis oil. Certain epilepsy patients can possess the oil under a 2014 state law that critics say doesn’t provide legal access to the drug.

Rep. Bob Kressig, a Cedar Falls Democrat, made the motion and says he was trying to keep the issue alive. He acknowledged legislative options for a comprehensive bill are dwindling amid possible adjournment.

The House failed to pass a proposal Monday that would have expanded aspects of the current law. Medical marijuana advocates criticized it, arguing it didn’t create a production system.

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