SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill that would legalize and license medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon.
The bill passed 18-12 Wednesday. It now goes to the House, which approved an earlier version of the bill but must agree to the Senate's changes.
Under the current medical marijuana program, cardholders must grow the drug themselves or designate someone to grow it for them. If the bill passes, patients will be able to buy their medicine from a local dispensary.
The bill would establish a licensing system under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program to regulate the medicinal pot retail industry that already exists. A legislative report estimates there will be 225 state-licensed dispensaries in next two years if the bill is approved.