Nevada’s Senate approved Senate Bill 374 today, a measure to legalize state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The vote signified overwhelming support for such a move with 17 voting in favor, and only 4 voting in opposition. The measure passed through two Senate committees unanimously in the weeks leading up to the vote.
In the State of Nevada, the possession and usage of medical marijuana is a constitutional right which was approved by voters in 2000. Despite this, safe access points still aren’t legal, leaving most patients to rely on the black market to obtain their medicine.
Senate Bill 374 would fix this by authorizing roughly 60 dispensaries throughout the state – regulations and licensing would be handled by the state’s Health Division.
The measure now heads to the Assembly, where its passage would send it to the governor for final consideration. The Assembly adjourns midnight on Monday, making a speedy approval necessary.