By a vote of 28 to 14, Nevada’s Assembly has just approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries. The proposal – Senate Bill 374 – has already been approved by the state’s Senate with a 17 to 4 vote. Given that there were changes made to the licensing fees, it will head back to the Senate for final approval – which is expected to come quickly – before heading to the governor for final consideration. The governor has stated he has an “open mind” about the measure.
In Nevada, the possession and usage of medical marijuana is a constitutional right which was approved by voters in 2000. Regardless, safe access points remain illegal.
Senate Bill 374 would fix this by authorizing roughly 60 dispensaries throughout the state, with regulations and licensing handled by the state’s Health Division.
The measure becoming law would signify a huge victory for patients and reform advocates across the state.