As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines certainly has plenty of activities for both locals and visitors alike. Start your trip at the Iowa State Capitol Building to see its beautiful architecture and history. The Des Moines Art Center also offers a variety of contemporary and modern artworks, and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a great place to see art on a nice day. Living History Farms is a great way to experience the history of agriculture in the area and is a great stop for families. Don’t miss the Science Center of Iowa for its fascinating exhibits and beautiful IMAX theater.
Unfortunately for those looking to toke up while visiting the Hawkeye state, cannabis remains essentially illegal. The state has tried several times to legalize medicinal marijuana but has only legalized up to 4.5 grams of THC in total for patients in a 90 day period. The state is also exploring ways to decriminalize cannabis, but has not signed anything into law. Those caught with cannabis can face a $1000 fine and up to six months in jail. Note that it is also illegal to carry marijuana across state lines, so those visiting Illinois should not bring marijuana back over the border.
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