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Outgoing Iowa GOP Chairman Backs Medical Marijuana

Says doctors know better than politicians what treatments are needed

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    GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker wrote an opinion column in The Des Moines Register that said doctors know better than politicians about effective treatments.

    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 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.