The Dallas Morning News reported about the case of Joshua Raines and his battle with epilepsy and PTSD.
Five years of service in the military made Raines develop these conditions. For years, Raines used marijuana illegally to treat these ailments.
Raines, has been eligible for a legal prescription of medical marijuana since 2015, the year when Texas lawmakers enacted the Compassionate Use Program for patients with uncontrolled epilepsy.
However, the veteran and Purple Heat recipient has resisted seeking a prescription, because doing so would have him forfeit his right to buy a firearm.
Raines said, “Why am I going to give up one of my rights because I found an organic plant that some are uncomfortable with?”
The veteran added, “I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to trade my rights like baseball cards.”
Across the country, states have gradually embraced legalizing medical marijuana despite being classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Federal law enforcement has generally let these state actions slide.
For guns, it’s a different story. Under federal law, it’s illegal to buy guns if you use marijuana.
Many Texan gun owners who have conditions that make them eligible to acquire medical marijuana are now thinking twice about getting medical marijuana prescriptions due to the threat of having their gun rights stripped.
Rachel Malone, the Texas director for Gun Owners of America, said “To tell Texans you can’t purchase a firearm if you have a compassionate use card is unconscionable. We should not force people to choose between gun ownership and taking care of themselves.”
Firearms application forms explicitly ask buyers if they’ve ever used “marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” It also makes clear that marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
The application has a warning section:
Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.
Earlier this year, the state legislature expanded the Compassionate Use Act, thus making marijuana more accessible to Texans. The law Governor Greg Abbott signed Friday, which allows specialty doctors to give out cannabis prescriptions that contain 0.5 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for certain conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, terminal cancer, autism, incurable neurodegenerative disease and spasticity.
Raines said that he would illegally use marijuana if he had to, because of how effective it has been in treating his seizures.
He finished off by saying that “I fought for the right to bear arms. It’s literally in our Constitution for me to be able to own a gun. For the state of Texas that is the most pro-gun, I think it’s ridiculous I would have to trade one of my rights.”
This demonstrates how connected the drug reform and gun issues are. Gun activists will have to form coalitions with drug reformers and vice versa if they want to expand their supporter base and create long-lasting policies that enhance liberty.
As the U.S. Elections Approaches, Thousands of Immigrants are Gaining U.S. Citizenship
America’s foreign voter base continues to grow ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
John Binder of Breitbart News noted that this is “adding a bloc of first-time foreign-born voters to the electorate.”
The last few months has seen delays in naturalization ceremonies thanks to the Wuhan virus pandemic. As of June, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency restarted ceremonies, with 2,000 immigrants being naturalized according to a report published by Camila DeChalus on June 10.
Other immigrants, who were expected to receive citizenship in 2020, are now pressing legal action against the federal government.
Prior to the crisis, USICS was naturalizing immigrants to the tune of 60,000 monthly.
Binder broke down the overall legal migration numbers:
Legal immigration levels — where 1.2 million immigrants secure Green Cards and nearly a million obtain naturalized citizenship annually — has driven up the nation’s foreign-born voting population to record levels.
The Breitbart writer highlighted another demographic trend that is taking place across America:
In February, Pew Research Center revealed that for the first time since 1970, one-in-ten U.S. voters will have been born outside the country in the 2020 election. High legal immigration levels have also ensured that Hispanic voters will replace black Americans as the largest voting minority for the first time in U.S. history.
According to research from The Atlantic, the New York Times, and Axios, Democrats tend to benefit from an increased foreign-born population.
Binder gave an overview about what these foreign voter numbers look like:
The Atlantic‘s Ronald Brownstein reveals nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average are won by Democrats. This means every congressional district with a foreign-born population exceeding 14 percent has a 90 percent chance of electing Democrats and only a ten percent chance of electing a Republican.
Exit polling data indicated that Trump won 49 percent of native-born Americans’ votes, whereas Clinton won 45 percent of the vote. As far as foreign voters were concerned, Clinton trounced Trump by raking in 64 percent of the immigrant vote, while Trump got only 31 percent.
At the moment, the Binder points out that the “U.S. is on track to import about 15 million new foreign-born voters in the next two decades due to existing legal immigration levels.”
Those 15 million new foreign-born voters include about eight million who will arrive through chain migration, where newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country.
The U.S. is undergoing a massive demographic transformation thanks to public policy.
In previous eras, migration waves would at least be contained by legislative pauses that allowed for assimilation.
But now, elites are content by keeping the illegal and legal migration gravy train going without any pause in sight.
Given immigrant voting trends, many freedoms such as the right to bear arms and free speech could be in jeopardy thanks to Democrats gaining a new voting bloc that will help them stay in power for a long time.
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