A Virginia lawmaker has introduced legislation that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana use and pass policy decision responsibilities onto states. Earlier this month, Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) introduced the Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 (H.R. 1227), which if passed would decriminalize marijuana and remove the cannabis plant from the Controlled Substances Act entirely. Individual states would then be able to make their own policies regarding marijuana.
“Virginia is more than capable of handling its own marijuana policy, as are states such as Colorado or California,” said Rep. Thomas Garrett, in a statement.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced an identical bill in 2015, but it failed to receive any co-sponsors or a Senate hearing. Garrett’s bill has already obtained three co-sponsors – Rep. Tulsa Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Rep. Scott W. Taylor (R-Va.) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo) – indicating there is now greater interest among lawmakers to change federal law.
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