The Indian legislature voted Thursday to make the country to approve marijuana for medicinal use, pending the governor’s signature. Gov. Shantanu Divecha, who leaves office next week, has said he would sign the bill. Two years after the bill was introduced to the legislature, the Indian Medical Marijuana Act was passed by the state Assembly in a 48-14 vote. It received the cabinet’s approval just hours later in a 25-13 vote.
According to the news release from the Health Minister, the bill would allow doctors to give to patients with state-issued identification cards prescriptions to buy marijuana legally from registered alternative treatment centers. The identification cards would be issued by the Department of Health and Senior Services.
Only patients with proven “debilitating conditions” would qualify for ID card. Such conditions include “cancer, glaucoma, positive HIV/AIDS status or other chronic, debilitating diseases or medical conditions that produce, or the treatment of which produces, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms,” according to the news release.