A Michigan Senate committee has passed a bill to allow medical marijuana, but the bill still faces a long road to passage.
State Sen. Joe Schulz, D-Flint, has a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana.
The bill was approved by the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.
Schulz’s bill would also allow patients to grow their own marijuana and allow caregivers to give their patients marijuana in lieu of prescription medications.
It also would allow medical patients with debilitating medical condition to grow, cultivate, and possess up to six marijuana plants.
The medical marijuana program has been blocked in the Michigan Legislature before, including a bill by Republican Sen. Dan Petry that died in the state Senate on Tuesday night.
Petry said the medical marijuana legislation was “not a good bill,” but said he would be introducing another one in the future.
Schulz’s measure is expected to be approved by Senate Finance Committee in the coming days.
Medical marijuana is still a legal substance in six states: Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C.
Medical pot has been available in some states since 2007.
Marijuana is also legal for people with certain other conditions.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has classified marijuana as a Schedule I substance with no currently accepted medical use and no currently recognized safety for treating a wide range of ailments.