Assembly approves medical marijuana dispensaries

Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, works in committee at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev., on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. A bill creating a network to provide medical marijuana patients a legal way to obtain the drug was approved by the Nevada Senate on Wednesday, May, 29, 2013. SB374, pushed by Sen. Tick Segerblom sets out a regulatory framework to create medical marijuana dispensaries more than a decade after voters approved medical marijuana. (AP Photo/Kevin Clifford).

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers want to give medical marijuana users a legal way to obtain the drug 13 years after voters legalized medicinal pot in the state constitution.

The Assembly voted 28-14 Monday to pass a bill establishing marijuana dispensaries. The measure needs final approval from the Senate before heading to Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has said he will consider the proposal.

The bill, SB374, establishes a framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, and sets up fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries of marijuana.

Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and a year later were able to obtain medical marijuana cards. But there has been no legal way for patients to acquire medicinal marijuana unless they grow it themselves.

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