Tom Garrett on Drugs
Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former Democratic congressman Tom Perriello, [both candidates for Virginia Governor in 2017] have spoken favorably towards decriminalization. Despite the apparent bipartisan interest, opinions among members of law enforcement are all over the map.
Garrett said he introduced his bill in response to testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his Senate confirmation hearing, which raised concerns over whether the Justice Department would take a hardline stance on marijuana under the new Trump Administration. Sessions testified, "Congress has made the possession of marijuana in every state an illegal act. So, if that's something that is not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule."
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Special elections in 2017 (Democrats):
CA-34:Gomez(D; elected June 6)
Newly-elected Democrats seated Jan.2017:
Special elections in 2017 (Republicans):
KS-4:Estes(R; elected April 11)
GA-6:Handel(R; elected June 20)
MT-0:Gianforte(R; elected May 25)
SC-5:Norman(R; elected June 20)
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