Pot in the Alabama State House

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - State lawmakers spent part of their special session this week investigating the discovery of illegal drugs in the state house. Not long ago WSFA 12 News learned the ABI was investigating a state house employee accused of bringing marijuana to work.

It was a custodian who allegedly owned the pot. He was seen on surveillance video with a backpack, which someone later found in an empty office. It contained two pounds of marijuana.

At issue Wednesday -- why house leadership was never told about the incident.

The legislative house council met with the house clerk, Greg Pappas, telling him he should have informed them sooner.

"You're my friend, but I tell you, you made a mistake," said House Speaker Seth Hammett.

"I agree with you whole heartedly Mr. Speaker," Pappas responded.

"You did something, frankly, you didn't have the authorization to do," Hammett said.

Pappas says he wasn't trying to cover up the incident. He says he thought it was an administrative matter, which therefore didn't need to be brought to leadership.

"You have to make a judgement call," Pappas said. "Hindsight is 20/20 and I can promise you, if I had to make this judgement call over, it would be different."

It was the ABI and the district attorney who led the initial investigation. The custodian has since been fired.

State lawmakers say they plan to make changes to house policies in the wake of the confusion.

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