West Virginia Bill Would Legalize Marijuana; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jan. 23, 2018) – A West Virginia bill would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Passage of the bill would take another step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state.

House Bill 3035 (HB3035) was introduced by Del. Sean Hornbuckle (D-Cabell) on Jan. 10. The legislation would allow adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana (currently a civil offense punishable by a maximum fine of $500) and grow up to six plants, up to three of them mature, per household. Individuals under the age of 21 caught purchasing or possessing marijuana would be charged with a misdemeanor and could be fined up to $800.

“I think on the economic side of legalizing marijuana, it would do good going forward with not just being a one-time fix,” Del. Hornbuckle said last year to the Times West Virginian. “Also delving into reducing the Department of Corrections lail bill will help the state financially as well.”

Despite the federal prohibition on marijuana, measures such as HB3035 remain perfectly constitutional, and the feds can do little if anything to stop them in practice.

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Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) …

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