A local congressman is optimistic he can get support after introducing a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana nationwide.
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) introduced the bill last week and admits he was unsure how well it would be received in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.
But after seeing a similar bill that would allow veterans to use medicinal marijuana gain close to a majority vote, Griffith believes progress can be made.
"A lot of conservative Republicans voted for that measure," he said. "I would like to see us get the whole law straight, so I voted against the patchwork amendment. So that means there are at least 196 of us out there who think this is the right direction to go. You get to 218, you've got a majority."
Griffith's bill will be reviewed by the Energy and Commerce Committee.
If approved, it would go to the house floor for a vote.