Virginia Man Arrested After Threatening To Kill Congressman For Supporting Marijuana Reform

Wallace Grove Godwin - a 69-year-old resident of Virginia Beach - was arrested recently for threatening to kill a congressman who supports marijuana reform. Godwin caught the attention of police by threatening to assassinate Republican Congressman Scott Taylor (VA) during a campaign event on Saturday, March 24.

Earlier that week, Godwin showed up at Taylor's office to protest the congressman's support for a bill that would repeal federal prohibition and let individual states decide their own marijuana laws. During the argument, Godwin allegedly told the congressman's staffers, "Scott is having an event this Saturday. I am going to get my shotgun and do something about this. I will just handle this myself." He then pointed to two staffers in the room and added, "You two are next." 

This isn't the first time that Godwin - who was diagnosed with dementia last summer - has had run-ins with the law. Earlier this year, he threatened to kill Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms out of frustration with the poor road conditions in his neighborhood. 

But marijuana apparently rankles Godwin more than road safety. Last year, Godwin filed a lawsuit against the federal government for not enforcing cannabis prohibition.

"I am a natural born conservative," Godwin wrote in the lawsuit. "Read the Federal law on marijuana....Marijuana has been altering the minds of the American people since the early ’60s. Check my facts! This is the FACT!"

The lawsuit was dismissed last October, which may be why Godwin decided to take extreme measures to fight marijuana reform.


Many are waiting for the next state to make the major step of legalizing recreational marijuana, and according to one state senator, the state to watch is New Mexico. New Mexico State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino says he believes a bill he recently introduced to legalize recreational marijuana will pass in the near future. A similar bill was introduced last year in the New Mexico state house, but it failed to get enough support.

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