Republican Wants Weed Off Controlled Substance List 03/04/17 AT 9:30 AM Close During Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmationhearing in January, the former Alabama senator said if lawmakers and citizens wanted federal marijuana laws changed, then Congress needed to pass a law to change the rule. A Republican representative from Virginia, set out to do just that when he introduced legislation Marijuana Stocks Monday that would remove cannabis from the federal governments controlled substance list, according to reports. Rep. Tom Garrett, R-VA, announced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, which would remove marijuana from the Schedule I category, where it currently stands with other illicit substances like cocaine and heroin. The bill, which would allow marijuana to be regulated similar to alcohol and tobacco, was inspired by a former bill Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT, introduced that was rejected back in 2015. In a statement, Garrett said ending the federal prohibition against marijuana would provide a major economic boost to agricultural development. “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, he said. Garrett said hed also soon introduce new legislation that would allow Virginia agricultures to grow hemp. Currently, in Virginia, medical patients are able to use cannabinol to treat certain conditions after a bill was passed in 2016.

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