Sen. Dan Newberry, who voted against the bill, expressed concern that allowing medical use of marijuana could lead to its abuse by recreational users who take advantage of the law.
"You know you are authorizing people to grow marijuana in their backyards ... even for something as slight as a migraine?" asked Newberry, R-Tulsa.
Sen. Brian Crain, chairman of the committee, said that while he personally opposed the idea, he agreed to hear the bill because of Johnson's persistence.
"I'm doing this more in consideration of the work Sen. Johnson has put into this issue," said Crain, R-Tulsa.
Under Senate rules, the bill or any similar measure on medicinal marijuana cannot be introduced in the Senate for the next two years.
Senate Bill 710: http://bit.ly/X9C0bQ