The Iowa legislature has approved the use of medical marijuana, but not allowed for its purchase in the state. Bishop Pates was approached by those who support a proposal making medical marijuana available in Iowa. Bishop wrote to legislators that he joins "the 78 percent of Iowans who believe that medical cannabis should be legally produced, distributed and possessed in Iowa for humanitarian purposes to provide relief for those who are sick and suffering. I support this extension of palliative care among this sector of hurting people."
"I believe now is the time to help suffering Iowans and their families get legal access to this medicine," he wrote.
Twenty four states and the Washington, D.C. allow medical marijuana.