Virginia congressman wants to change marijuana policy
BEDFORD CO., Va. (WDBJ7) A congressman who represents part of our region wants to change federal law when it comes to marijuana.
Representative Tom Garrett is sponsoring legislation that would decriminalize pot and give states power to regulate the drug as they see fit. Right now marijuana offenses are prosecuted at that court house and every other one in Virginia. But Garrett’s bill could change that. If the legislation becomes law, marijuana could be treated just like alcohol and tobacco in the eyes of the law.
Legislators in eight different states have passed laws that allow recreational use of marijuana, but under federal law it’s illegal for any private individual to have the drug in their possession.
“What we have now is a system where the Federal government does not uniformly enforce its own laws,” Rep. Tom Garrett (R) Fifth District said.
Garrett, who represents parts of central and southern Virginia, wants to change marijuana policy altogether.
“Young people in Virginia are held to a different standard than young people in a different state. That is ridiculous and it is, by definition, not justice,” Garrett said.