JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young has voted with the majority to approve a provision that would block the federal government from interfering with states that allow use of medical marijuana.
The Alaska Republican was a co-sponsor to the amendment, offered as part of a larger spending bill that passed the House.
Young called it a states' rights issue.
In a letter to Republican colleagues, excerpted by his office, Young said the vote would allow them to show their constituents they are serious when they cite the importance of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 10th Amendment refers to states' rights.
Alaska was among the first wave of states to approve a medical marijuana law.