Florida veteran fights for legal cannabis
A Florida veteran is fighting the federal government for legal medical marijuana
Xander Peters Apr 18, 2018 4:00 AM
Jose Belen is years removed from the war, but the war isn’t removed from him.
Every so often, in the most mundane of moments, his mind strays back to the dust-filled, mangled hell that was Iraq in the mid-2000s. He can hear the hysterical yelling, a back and forth of English and Arabic, then the gunfire. He can feel his feet running toward a car, where the family had been. He can see the young brothers in the backseat, their arms draped around each other in a protective hug, blood seeping out of exit wounds in their backs, where the gunshots had caught them with one fatal sweep.