CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Authorizing medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada has cleared a key Senate committee.

SB374 was approved Thursday by the Senate Finance Committee after the state Health Division indicated it could fund startup costs for managing the program with reserves in the medical marijuana registry account.

Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana in 2000, but there is no way for patients to legally obtain the drug unless they grow it themselves.

SB374 is spearheaded by Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas, who in March took members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to Arizona to see how that state handles medical marijuana dispensaries.

About 3,600 people have medical marijuana cards in Nevada.

The bill now moves to the Senate floor where a two-thirds majority, or 14 votes, is necessary to advance the bill.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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