Iowa Marijuana Laws

Iowa Marijuana Laws

Iowa has not legalized marijuana for recreational nor medical use at this time and if you are caught with it, punishment is quite strict.

Possession of Marijuana

  • Possession of any amount for first offenders is a misdemeanor punishable by 6 months in jail and $1,000 fine.

  • Second offenders will face a year in jail and $1,500 fine. are subject to a fine of $315-1875 and/or up to 1 year imprisonment.

  • Chronic “abusers” who are caught with marijuana may spend 2 years in prison and incur a $5,000 fine.


  • Distributing or cultivating 50kg or less is a felony, punishable by 5 years in prison and $7,500 fine.

  • Distributing or cultivating 50 to 100 kg is a felony, punishable by 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

  • Distributing or cultivating 100 to 1,000 kg is a felony, punishable by 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Minors and Marijuana

  • Distributing any amount to a minor is a felony, punishable by a 5 year minimum sentence but up to 25 years in prison.

There is possible diversion for first time possession charges in place of jail time.

Diversion Education

If you are a first offender, the judge may offer a diversion program This usually includes drug awareness education. Our courses were put online, so you could satisfy your court mandate from home.

Our courses were developed by professionals so you can trust they are comprehensive and educational. Other benefits are:

  • Interactive course work – Watch videos, take self tests, see important graphs and photos to enhance the learning experience.

  • Relevant information – Learn what you need to satisfy your court order.

  • Work at your own pace – Proceed with the course on your own time and schedule. Log in and out at your convenience.

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