A medical marijuana measure in California would lead to a lot more than a million more licenses, according to the California Senate.
Democratic Sen. Kevin de León, the sponsor of the bill, told The Associated Press that if it becomes law, it would give the state’s Department of Public Health more authority to enforce the state law against patients.
If the bill passes the Assembly, the state would become the only place in the nation to allow the use of medical marijuana in the state.
Medical marijuana is a non-psychoactive substance that is derived from the marijuana plant, which has been used by people for thousands of years.
A bill to legalize medical marijuana was filed in the California Legislature earlier this year by De León and Sen. Ricardo Lara.
It would create a system for medical marijuana providers to get their licensees and dispensaries to report to the state for licensure and registration.
The measure, SB 541, has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Assembly Finance Committee and is now on the desk of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
The Senate has yet to act on the bill.
De León said he believes his bill will make California one of the first states to allow medical marijuana for patients.
He said his goal is to get 1 million licenses.
The bill has also passed the Assembly Health Committee.
The panel is scheduled to consider the bill on Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.