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Don Young co-sponsors national cannabis legalization bill

Congressman Don Young has co-sponsored a bill that would legalize cannabis on a national level.
Congressman Don Young has co-sponsored a bill that would legalize cannabis on a national level.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 5:39 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Congressman Don Young has co-sponsored a bill that would legalize cannabis on a national level.

The bill, known as the Common Sense Cannabis Reform for Veterans, Small Businesses and Medical Professionals Act, would reform federal cannabis policy.

In a press release, Young said, “For too long, the federal government’s outdated cannabis policies have stood in the way of both individual liberty and a state’s 10th Amendment rights. It is long past time that these archaic laws are updated for the 21st Century.”

The act would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.

It would also allow medical cannabis to be prescribed to veterans by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, would be directed by the act to issue rules regulating cannabis throughout the nation. These regulations would be modeled on regulations currently in use for the alcohol industry.

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