On Feb. 27, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017,” to the House of Representatives. If passed, the bill, H.R. 1227, would decriminalize marijuana federally by removing it from the federal controlled substances list.
“Virginia is more than capable of handling its own marijuana policy, as are states such as Colorado or California,” Garrett said in a statement. “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.”
The introduction of H.R. 1227, co-sponsored by Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, comes in the wake of ominous statements made by the Trump Administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
After the bill’s introduction, it was referred to the House Judiciary committee as well as the House Energy and Commerce committee.