A spending plan approved by the U.S. House on Friday includes an amendment backed by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and others meant to prevent the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.
The amendment passed 219-189 as part of a $51.2 billion budget bill for the departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Science Foundation, NASA and other federal agencies.
In a news release, Young said he supported the move to thwart federal efforts to battle state medical marijuana laws as an issue of states' rights.
"One does not need to believe in marijuana's medical efficacy to support our amendment. Rather, a belief in the right of a state to determine what activities ought to be criminal within its borders is sufficient," Young wrote to his Republican House colleagues.
Anchorage Daily News / Alaska Dispatch