(LasVegasSun) After a malfunctioning reader board threw its future into question, a bill that would create a legal medical marijuana dispensary system in Nevada passed the Assembly in a nearly party-line vote.
The Assembly voted twice on the measure, Senate Bill 374, because on the first try the electronic board that displays how the votes are cast read that the bill had failed despite the 28-14 vote, the necessary two-thirds vote for passage. Seeing a failing vote, two Democrats changed their vote so they could bring it back up for consideration.
"Is that the right vote?" a confused Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, asked.
The Democratic majority had delayed the vote in the Assembly until Assemblywoman Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, who is being treated for cancer, was well enough to participate.