Politician Info

Holds office State House District 56

Position on Marijuana Legalization

"Having previously voted against legalization at the state level, Garrett said Virginia has now 'accidentally found a pretty sweet spot' in allowing personal use and grow operations. He added he’s against state expansion and regulation for tax revenue, saying 'we don’t need another state hand in the till.'" 5/16/23

Sponsored Legislation

H.R.1227 - Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

Co-sponsored Legislation

H.R.715 - Compassionate Access Act (2017-2018)

H.R.975 - Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

H.R.1820 - Veterans Equal Access Act (2017-2018)

H.R.2920 - CARERS Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

H.R.3530 - Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017 (2017-2018)


Marijuana is a realm where we've got laws on the books, particularly federally, that are not uniformly enforced. It just strikes me as totally undermining the concept of rule of law that we would enforce laws in certain areas while completely ignoring them in others. The federal government won't be honest about the potential that exists medically, and that's stupid. IThe federal government won't be honest about the potential that exists medically, and that's stupid. If you poll this in my district, it's not a political winner. But I'm not here to do what's a political good idea, I'm here to do what's right.

"I am excited that new House leadership will afford new opportunities. I hope we can aggressively pursue federal entitlement reform, strengthen our promise to our seniors, provide alternatives to burdensome student loan debt, and reign in federal overreach by pursuing meaningful cannabis and criminal justice reforms"
4/11/18 https://tomgarrett.house.gov/media/press-releases/garrett-statement-speaker-paul-ryans-retirement

"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."

"Somebody shouldn't be going to jail in one state under federal law, remember it's federal law not state law, and being ignored in another. I can't. It's ridiculous. So yeah, this is a fight I'm willing to have. If it costs me politically, then I'll know I went out being true to myself," Garrett said.
5/17/17 http://www.nbc29.com/story/35453632/congressman-tom-garrett-advocating-to-end-marijuana-prohibition

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