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Don Young, lawmakers urge Veterans Affairs to approve medical cannabis for patients

At-Large Republican Alaska Congressman Don Young and other congressional lawmakers want the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow patients access to medical cannabis.

According to a news release from Don Young’s office, the “cannabis caucus” say the change would help address opioid addiction and manage PTSD and other issues and sent a letter to the Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough.

In the letter, the lawmakers say “America’s veterans have risked life and limb to preserve our freedoms -- so we must not allow the unnecessary politicization of medical cannabis to hinder their life-saving therapies.” 

Originally from the Midwest, Tripp Crouse (Ojibwe, a descendent of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, pronouns: they/them) has 15-plus years in print, web and radio journalism. Tripp first moved to Alaska in 2016 to work with KTOO Public Media in Juneau. And later moved to Anchorage in 2018 to work with KNBA and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. Tripp currently works for Spruce Root in Juneau, Alaska. Tripp also served as chair of the Station Advisory Committee for Native Public Media.