Carl Olsen was a petitioner in the 1972 Marijuana Rescheduling Petition, where DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young ruled that, "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." DEA Docket No. 86-22, Sept. 6, 1988, pp. 58-59
Iowans for Medical Marijuana was formed in 1990 when Carl Olsen and two Iowans who receive marijuana legally from the federal government, George McMahon and Barbara Douglass, formed the organization to educate Iowans about the medical benefits of cannabis. George and Barbara are also original directors of POT's Board of Directors (Patients Out of Time) (www.medicalcannabis.com), a Virginia based, national medical cannabis educational organization created in 1995. Carl Olsen is also an original member of POT's Board of Advisors.
In 2006, Iowans for Medical Marijuana incorporated in the state of Iowa for the specific purpose of presenting evidence to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy on marijuana's accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, because state and federal schedule I prohibit anything with accepted medical use in treatment in the United States from being included in that classification.
In 2008, with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa (www.aclu-ia.org) and Patients Out of Time, we petitioned the Iowa Board of Pharmacy to find that the current classification of marijuana is unlawful.
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) - November 12, 2010
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) - March 3, 2010
In 2010, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy ruled unanimously that marijuana is medicine and is no longer lawfully classified.