SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Medical marijuana dispensaries are one step closer to becoming legal in Oregon.
The state House voted 31-27 on Monday to legalize and regulate dispensaries. The bill goes next to the Senate.
Under existing law, the state's nearly 55,000 medical marijuana cardholders must grow the pot themselves or find a person to grow it for them.
There are an estimated 200 medical marijuana retail outlets in Oregon now, but they're unregulated and operate in a legal gray area.
The bill would require dispensaries to register with the state medical marijuana program and meet certain quality standards.
Supporters say dispensaries will help patients get access to the medicine they need. Opponents say the bill doesn't do enough to stop abuses of Oregon's medical marijuana system.