Senate Approves Medical Pot Dispensaries

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - More than decade after Nevada voters approved medical marijuana the state Senate has approved a bill giving patients a legal way to obtain the drug.

The Senate on Wednesday approved SB374 on a vote of 17-4. The bill now moves to the Assembly with just days to go in the 2013 session.

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

About 3,400 people have medical marijuana cards in Nevada.

The bill limits the number of dispensaries to as many as 40 in Clark County, which includes the state's population hub of Las Vegas. Washoe County would be limited to 10 dispensaries, while smaller counties could have one or two, depending on population.