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An overwhelming majority of U.S. military veterans and veteran caregivers support the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, according to a new national poll by Five Corner Strategies conducted on behalf of the American Legion — and veterans aren’t going to stop until the Department of Veterans Affairs starts taking medical marijuana research seriously.

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Between November 2016 and May 2017, Jonathan Fruchter, a 37-year-old Navy veteran, was receiving care at a post-traumatic stress disorder inpatient clinic with the Lyons New Jersey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His days started with a check-in meeting every morning at 8 a.m., then a brief break before group therapy sessions at 9 and 10 a.m. and again at 1 and 2 p.m.

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The Trump administration’s attack on legal marijuana, already stymied by large states determined not to roll back the clock, is increasingly confronting an even more politically potent adversary: military veterans.

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn misrepresented details of a call with him and had to resign as national security advisor. Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with him twice during the presidential campaign, and has now recused himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the election. Who is this man that keeps getting Trump administration officials in trouble, just by meeting with them amid these tense times with Russia? Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak.

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DOD photo/Staff Sgt. Kristen Duus

I don’t know, anything is possible? It’s been a weird couple of years. I saw a glowing ghost dog late one night outside the latrine in Iraq. I got drunk with someone who used to be on “Boy Meets World.” And it’s altogether possible I, and you, had conversations with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak, and the shit just slipped our minds till now.

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