Medical marijuana bill approved by final committee

A bill legalizing marijuana for medical use was voted out of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee Tuesday.

The bill gives physicians the authority to write prescriptions that would permit their patients to grow marijuana indoors. The current bill does not provide for operation of marijuana dispensaries, as other states’ laws do, but some backers are considering a dispensary amendment.

The bill requires patients and primary caregivers to pay a $25 fee to register with the Department of Consumer Protection and makes it a misdemeanor to lie about using or transporting marijuana for medical use.

The final vote was 32-14 — with two Democrats voting against the bill — and now heads to he Senate for consideration.