Michigan Senate President Gretchen Whitmer has sent a bill to the Senate floor that would allow people with medical conditions to legally purchase cannabis for medical purposes.
The bill has not been assigned a committee yet, but Whitmer told reporters it will be referred to a committee that could vote on it at a later date.
“It is important for this country to have access to medical cannabis, and this bill will make sure that people with serious medical needs can get access to it,” Whitmer said in a statement.
Marijuana legalization advocates cheered the move, and said it would ease the burden on medical professionals who have had to treat people who have conditions like glaucoma, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
In March, lawmakers approved the first-ever state law legalizing marijuana for medicinal use.
The Michigan legislature is scheduled to consider a bill that would expand access to marijuana for people with certain conditions in July.
The Michigan House passed a bill in April legalizing the recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and older.
The measure cleared the state Senate in March.