California lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open to the public in the state’s largest city.
The bill, SB 1562, was authored by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, who was one of several Democrats to support the bill.
It would allow people over the age of 21 to legally possess up to a six-month supply of marijuana.
It would also allow adults to grow up to six plants of their choosing at home.
It also prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a felony from possessing up to two ounces of marijuana and would require that patients use a special device to ingest the drug.
The measure, which was approved unanimously, is a compromise between liberal and conservative Democrats who have long opposed medical marijuana and are looking for a way to protect Californians from recreational marijuana.
The measure is a step in the right direction, but the state is still trying to come to terms with the fact that recreational marijuana is legal in the country, said Rep. Jose Huizar, D