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Do you agree with Congressman Tom Garrett that marijuana should be decriminalized?

The Republican U.S. House of Representatives member from Virginia’s 5th District — including most of Fauquier County — has reintroduced legislation that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sponsored in 2015. It would treat marijuana like alcohol and tobacco.

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Lash_LaRue
April 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm
I sympathize with families with young children, who are concerned about legalizing an intoxicant that might lead to diminished futures for those children.

However, I think those concerns are misplaced. When I was in high school, I recall it was far easier to find marijuana than it was to find alcohol. The legal market for alcohol basically destroyed the black market for alcohol, and it was hard to find somebody over 21 to buy booze for us. Pot, on the other hand, was everywhere. Prohibition doesn't work as intended.

There's also a strong taxation argument for marijuana. How about instead of criminalizing the potheads (annoying as they may be), let's tax the crap out of 'em and fund our schools with it. We'll have potheads and stupid hippies whether or not we make it illegal.

There's an enforcement argument in favor of legalizing it. How much money do we spend on prosecuting non-violent pot smokers? Probably a lot. Legalize it and tax it at a high rate, you've killed two birds with one stone, and you've driven the drug dealers and mobsters out of a job to boot.
Jim Griffin
March 7, 2017 at 8:55 am
CV: Hard to understand the point you are trying to make. Right now state actions contradict federal law, which declares marijuana a Class 1 narcotic. This proposed law intends to leave the matter to the states, removing the federal "overreach," which I support. Let states decide for themselves.

BTW, this particular proposal continues the federal prohibition if marijuana crosses state lines into a state that continues to prohibit marijuana.

Let us count the reasons to support our new congressman: State rights, freedom, commerce, reasonable regulation, prioritize law enforcement on crimes with victims. Further, let's acknowledge the experience gained from watching twenty percent of America progress in this direction, which includes *lower* hard drug use, new health care options, tax revenue and open, honest regulation.
Citizen Voice
March 6, 2017 at 6:15 pm
Traverse - for the moment, this is a state overreach. Unless "l'Orange" succeeds in stepping on state rights and interfering in the respective states' decriminalization of marijuana thus far passed.
Traverse
March 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm
Bravo! Let this hypocritical prohibition and federal overreach finally end.
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