H.R. 1227 seeks specifically to remove marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols from the federal schedule of controlled substances, thereby leaving regulation up to the states.
In a February 27 press release, Garrett stated:
“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.”
Details for the press conference are as follows:
What: Press Conference on H.R. 1227 to highlight the necessity for federal deregulation of marijuana
When: May 17, 2017 from 2:00-2:45 PM
Where: House Triangle, just outside the U.S. Capitol (back-up rain location Cannon HOB 340)
Speakers: U.S. Congressman Tom Garrett; tentative confirmation from U.S. Congressman Scott Taylor; parents of Haley Smith, Sophia Miller, and Jennifer Collins (bios are listed on website); tentative confirmations from several other bipartisan members of Congress that have cosponsored this legislation; Jason Amatucci of the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition; also in attendance will be representatives from advocacy organizations from across the country including Americans for Safe Access.
Source: Congressman Garrett’s office