A former Navy SEAL from the Chicago area is leading the push to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level in an effort to give war-ravaged service members access to pot-based treatments through the Veterans Health Administration.

Nick Etten is a far cry from the stony pot activists of past generations.

The west suburban native graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland before conducting counternarcotics operations in the 90s as a member of SEAL Team 3.

After completing his service, Etten earned a masters degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and began working in the finance industry.

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Tom Schuba ~ Chicago.Suntimes.com