The California legislature has approved legislation allowing patients to receive medical marijuana from a dispensary in the state.
But the law does not provide a mechanism for the Department of Public Health to regulate dispensaries or set limits on how many can be located in the area.
The bill, Senate Bill 488, also does not set a statewide cap on dispensaries.
“I am not a physician, but if this bill passes, it will be my job to make sure that patients are able to access marijuana,” Assemblywoman Jane Kim, D-Bakersfield, said during the debate.
The bill also does away with the statewide cap.
The governor, Governor Jerry Brown, has also said he would sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
The move has drawn ire from the medical marijuana industry, which has argued that the law could have negative impacts on the health of patients and caregivers.
California’s medical marijuana law was crafted in response to the fatal poisoning of California State Senator Scott Wiener in 2011, when he was poisoned with cannabis oil.
California’s legislature passed a medical marijuana bill in 2014 but then vetoed it in March after the governor vetoed a measure that would have provided a statewide registry of medical marijuana patients.
In the past few years, lawmakers have approved several bills that would allow for medical cannabis to be grown in the states capitol, including bills to allow the state to issue limited amounts of the drug, and to require testing for certain illnesses.