A constituent threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, R-2nd, over a disagreement on marijuana policy, according to law enforcement authorities.
Wallace Godwin, 69, of Virginia Beach was arrested Friday and charged in Norfolk federal court. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
According to court documents, Godwin met with members of the congressman's staff Thursday afternoon in Virginia Beach and became frustrated during a discussion of marijuana policy.
"Scott is having an event this Saturday. I am going to get my shotgun and do something about this," he said, according to an affidavit from Capitol Police officer Gerren Stith. "I will just handle this myself."
According to Stith, Godwin then pointed at two staff members in the room and said, "You two are next."
According to the affidavit, Godwin began harassing Taylor last year. He went to Taylor's home and blocked the congressman's vehicle with his own, staffers told Stith. When Taylor came out of the house, Godwin got out of his car and began talking about marijuana policy. Taylor asked him to leave and he did, according to Stith.
Godwin was also reported to the Capitol Police last year for yelling at staff in Taylor's Virginia Beach office, according to law enforcement.
Godwin filed a lawsuit in 2017 against the federal government, saying marijuana laws were not being enforced.
"I am a natural-born conservative," he wrote. "Read the federal law on marijuana. ... Marijuana has been altering the minds of the American people since the early '60s."
The lawsuit was dismissed in October, with a federal judge ruling that Godwin lacked standing to challenge enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act.
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I challenge Goodwin's self-analysis.. he's a natural born idiot. Not only is his behavior fascist, not conservative, but marijuana has been in use for hundreds of years (not just 'since the early 60's' as he erroneously asserts - and didn't suddenly change it's nature and effect on humans around that time). Attempted regulation dates back before 1910.
The Federal government has the Constitutional authority to tax it (see Marihuana Tax Act 1937), and regulate interstate commerce, but does not have the Constitutional authority to ban it (or anything else, really), that's a State purview (search the Constitution, saving the 10th Amendment for last).
THAT is the true "conservative" viewpoint.
Perhaps a few years in prison with access to the prison library will provide him with a better perspective on the legal role of citizens and their relationships with various levels of government in our society.