Medical marijuana clears one more hurdle in Nevada Legislature

las-vegas-weed-pot-marijuana hbtv hemp beach tvMedical marijuana prescriptions vials are filled at the Venice Beach Care Center medical marijuana dispensary in Venice, Calif. Authorizing medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada cleared a key Senate committee on Thursday, May 23.

A proposal to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada will get a vote by the full Senate.

On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 374, which would create a system to regulate and tax storefronts that sell medical marijuana to state-sanctioned patients. In order to pass it will need 14 votes, or two-thirds of the Senate.

In 1998 and 2000, voters approved measures to amend the state constitution to legalize the use of medical marijuana.

Despite the constitutional amendment, state law never established a way for those patients to obtain the drug for medical purposes other than growing it themselves. About 3,600 Nevadans have medical marijuana cards.

Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, sponsored the legislation. Earlier this year, he took a bipartisan group of lawmakers to Phoenix to observe a legal medical marijuana dispensary.

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