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Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith introduced legislation this week to legalize medicinal marijuana nationwide.

Griffith wants you to know up front that he isn't a fan of pot, at least when it comes to rolling a doobie with friends. But he's all about chronically ill people smoking up. Griffith says Virginia took the lead on medical marijuana decades ago.

“Most people don’t know this, but Virginia’s had a law that allows the use of medicinal marijuana with a prescription since 1979 — only for glaucoma and cancer but it’s been on the books for quite some time," he says.

But the federal ban on marijuana keeps sick patients in Virginia from legally obtaining weed, which Griffith's bill would change.

“This would require the state’s to say, ‘OK, it’s going to be a prescription from a doctor,’ so it’s real medicine. Not that crazy California idea," he says.

Now Griffith just needs to convince his Republican colleagues and party leaders to get behind his effort.

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