GOP Congressman Who Fought For Marijuana Legalization Dies, And Is Honored By Bipartisan Colleagues

GOP Congressman Who Fought For Marijuana Legalization Dies, And Is Honored By Bipartisan Colleagues
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Rep. Don Young (R-AK)—a rare example of a pro-legalization Republican congressman, who was one of just five GOP members of the House of Representatives to vote in favor of a bill to end marijuana prohibition—died on Friday. As the longest-serving member of the House and one of four co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus—along with Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Dave Joyce (R-OH)—Young left a legislative legacy on the issue that crossed partisan divides. In a Twitter post early on Saturday morning commenting on the news of Young’s passing away during a plane flight while sitting next to his wife, Lee said, “As Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair, Don was a fierce advocate for ending the failed war on drugs. My thoughts are with his wife, family, his staff and his constituents.” Rest In Peace to the Dean of the House, @repdonyoung. I send my deepest condolences to his family & loved ones. As Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair, Don was a fierce advocate for ending the failed war on drugs. My thoughts are with his wife, family, his staff and his constituents. — Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 19, 2022 Joyce, for his part, said it was the late congressman who “taught me how to lean into an issue and create a path where no one had tread before” and that it was an “honor to serve alongside him” on the Cannabis Caucus. I’ve never met a force like Don and I doubt I ever will again. His shoes are ones that cannot be filled and I will miss him dearly. Rest easy, my friend. — Dave Joyce (@RepDaveJoyce) March 19, 2022 Young, who was 88, was also one of five GOP cosponsors of a separate bill to end federal prohibition and regulate cannabis that was introduced this session…

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