Congressman Tom Garrett Introduces A Bill To Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 02/27/2017, Congressman Tom Garrett [R-VA] introduced H. R. 1227 – To limit the application of Federal laws to the distribution and consumption of marihuana, and for other purposes. The short title for this legislation is the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.”

If passed, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 would take marijuana off the federal controlled substance list.

The bill has 3 co-sponsors:

  1. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI]
  2. Rep. Scott Taylor [R-VA]
  3. Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO]

“I have long believed justice that isn’t blind, isn’t justice. Statistics indicate that minor narcotics crimes disproportionately hurt areas of lower socio-economic status and what I find most troubling is that we continue to keep laws on the books that we do not enforce. Virginia is more than capable of handling its own marijuana policy, as are states such as Colorado or California.”

Garrett went on to say, “this step allows states to determine appropriate medicinal use and allows for industrial hemp growth, something that will provide a major economic boost to agricultural development in Southside Virginia. In the coming weeks, I anticipate introducing legislation aimed at growing the hemp industry in Virginia, something that is long overdue.”

Senator Bernie Sanders [I-VT] originally introduced this bill in 2015, but it failed.

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