California is expected to become the first US state to allow recreational medical marijuana next year.
A vote on the measure is expected in January, and California Governor Jerry Brown said the legislation would allow patients to access cannabis oil for medical conditions.
California’s medical marijuana program currently requires patients to receive medical cannabis in order to obtain a prescription.
The governor’s office said the bill would allow for cannabis oil to be used by those who are eligible for the drug and those who can’t obtain a doctor’s recommendation.
The legislation would also allow cannabis oil and other forms of marijuana to be prescribed by a doctor.
“Medical marijuana is a treatment that is proven to alleviate symptoms of a wide variety of illnesses and has proven to be a safe and effective treatment,” Brown said in a statement.
“It is a safe alternative to opioids and other harmful medications.”
Medical marijuana, which has been legal in California since January, has been used in a number of states, including Massachusetts, New York, Colorado and Washington.
A similar medical marijuana bill was introduced in Texas last year, but it did not pass.
The US is the only country in the world that allows the medical use of cannabis, which contains no psychoactive substances and has been shown to help treat a wide range of conditions, including nausea, severe pain, anxiety and multiple sclerosis.