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House blocks bill that would allow VA doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to veterans

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Congressional Republicans have struck down a measure allowing Department of Veteran Affairs physicians to discuss medical marijuana.

The “Veterans Equal Access” measure was struck down by the House Rules Committee on Tuesday, Stars and Stripes reports.

This comes at a time of increasing divide amongst Republicans on issues involving marijuana.

Last month, longtime Trump frenemy Roger Stone said Trump should tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “cut the sh*t” and stop the administration’s crackdown.

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Stone is now directing the United States Cannabis Coalition (USCC) and growing a strain of marijuana he calls “Tricky Dick” in honor of Stone’s favorite president.

There is also an increasing divide among service members on marijuana.

“The rejection comes at the same time more veterans than ever are rallying behind marijuana as a potential treatment for service-connected health problems and an alternative to addictive opioids,” Stars and Stripes. “The American Legion decided last August that it would advocate to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs, which are designated as having no medical use.”

A Democrat who founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus was outraged.

“All we want is equal treatment for our wounded warriors,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said in a statement. “It’s outrageous that the Rules Committee won’t even allow a vote for our veterans.”

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“They deserve better,” Rep. Blumenauer continued. “They deserve compassion.”

The House Committee on Rules is chaired by Pete Sessions (R-TX).

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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