The proposal, House Bill 356, cleared its first committee Saturday on a 5-2 vote along party lines, with Democrats in support.
Some speakers who addressed the House Health and Human Services Committee on Saturday said they support the concept of legalization, but that they had particular concerns about, say, keeping edible marijuana away from children or how to ensure medical patients have a steady, independent supply of the cannabis products they prefer.
The measure is just now getting started as the Legislature approaches the midway point of its 60-day session. To have a chance to become law, it will have to move quickly through a network of committees and win approval from both legislative chambers by mid-March.
The bill’s prospects remain unclear. Some moderate Democrats in the Senate have helped block similar proposals in the past.
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