A House bill permitting seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana to ease pain is nearing a final vote.
The measure, sponsored by DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina of Virginia, passed the House Finance Committee Friday.
The legislation allows doctors to authorize use of marijuana for people suffering from certain illnesses and makes it legal for patients to possess a limited amount of medical marijuana.
Senators already passed a medical marijuana bill. Gov. Tim Pawlenty opposes the legislation.