Virginia Rep. Introduces Bill to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

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Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th, introduced legislation Monday that would federally decriminalize marijuana, according to a news release from his office.

The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 would take marijuana off the federal controlled substance list if it is passed.

The release stated that the bill would fulfill “a responsibility to create a level playing field across the country.”

“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,” Garrett said in the release. “Virginia is more than capable of handling its own marijuana policy, as are states such as Colorado or California.”

This bill originally was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in 2015, but the legislation died. [Read more at Richman Times Dispatch]

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