Recreational marijuana passes in Arizona – and if Biden becomes president, we’re gonna need it (op-ed)

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ARIZONA – While the votes in Arizona have yet to be fully tallied, it appears that Proposition 270 has already attained enough votes to pass. The proposition will allow recreational use of marijuana by residents over 21 years old.

For those unfamiliar with what Prop 270, the referendum allows adults aged 21 or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes. Of course, there are other formalities such as having to purchase it from authorized retail outlets.

And while not everyone is a fan of the devil’s lettuce, the 17-page piece of legislation has managed to instill regulations on recreational marijuana similar to that of alcohol.  

These regulations include driving while impaired being a big no-no, using marijuana in public places is prohibited (parks, sidewalks, restaurants etc.), and yes, employers can still maintain a drug-free workplace and fire you if you’re high at work.  

Basically, common sense regulation for an adult-oriented intoxicant.

Now, keep in mind – this doesn’t mean someone can go buy some sticky cabbage recreationally immediately. Stacy Pearson from Smart and Safe Arizona noted that eager folks in Arizona still have to wait for the election “to be certified in early December.”

And even after the election certification, only licensed outlets can actually sell recreational marijuana. Retailers can start submitting applications to become licensed sellers on January 19th, with the application approval process taking up to 60 days reportedly.

So, Arizonans should bank on recreational marijuana being available to purchase legally around March of 2021.

And to be candid, if Joe Biden lands this election, then many Arizonans are going to need that little bit of extra respite (myself included). Because under a Biden presidency, it feels like a stiff drink just wouldn’t cut it anymore.

I mean, Biden has talked about affording amnesty for roughly 11 million illegal immigrants within his first 100 days in office.

As if that weren’t ridiculous enough, Biden’s immigration plan also touts no longer prosecuting people for illegally entering the country if they’re claiming to seek asylum.  

Oh man, and then there’s the claim Biden has made numerous times along the campaign trail about halting deportations for his first 100 days in office as well.

And not to mention the fracking debacle that pertains to both Biden and Kamala Harris.

While the Biden camp has come to the defense recently alleging that they’re not waging a war on fracking, Biden’s running mate seems to have a history of trying to end the practice.

Not to mention, we’re literally talking about a man who has given President Trump grief over allegations of perceived racism – while also having been the same candidate who delivered a eulogy for a former KKK member.

I mean, Biden is the only candidate during the election season to have been endorsed by a Mexican government official who was alleged to have actual cartel ties.

Oh, and don’t forget the possibility of some tax cuts us Americans got to enjoy when President Trump was elected going away under the Biden administration.

Then you’ve got Joe Biden referring to his son Hunter as the “smartest guy I know” – I mean, Hunter Biden can’t even keep track of his laptops, but that’s the smartest guy Joe Biden knows.

Folks, if Joe Biden manages to land this election, we’ll officially be living in clown world. And when you’re living in clown world, you can either do your best to enjoy the circus or be miserable.

At least in Arizona, we’ll have a little something extra to get us by for whatever may come in the event we’re hit with a Biden administration.

And hey, the tax revenues generated from recreational marijuana sales in Arizona will help fund highways and police & fire departments.

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In a recent editorial related to election news, Law Enforcement Today’s James Lewis touched on the topic of why certain businesses have been preparing for election unrest. 

Here’s that previous editorial. 

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KINGWOOD, TX – Dan Crenshaw, former Navy SEAL, combat wounded, and Republican U.S. Representative for the Houston, Texas area responded to a tweet dropped by Joe Biden about “ending Trump’s chaos.” 

Crenshaw, in his aggressive wit, explained quickly to the former vice president that when speaking of chaos, it wasn’t Trump supporters that were the reason businesses are boarding up their windows in preparation for election protests and riots.

It is now common knowledge that groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter have planned large election day demonstrations in several major cities – the most heavily advertised are in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Minneapolis, MN. 

It’s also common knowledge that these protests will likely break out in every major city and university campus should President Trump win re-election. 

A Black Lives Matter member said that they would protest no matter who won, since neither party supports black lives.  That point is easily argued and overturned, but activist-types are rarely in tune with reason and logic.

Back to Dan Crenshaw, he is quite the folk hero in my home state of Texas.  His home is roughly 40 miles from my hometown.  Dan served in the Navy as a SEAL officer and reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander (O-5). 

He attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. He was a Naval Special Warfare Officer and assigned to SEAL Team 3. 

During his time in service, he was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor.

Before entering the Navy, he attended college at Tufts University in Massachusetts, earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations and earned a master’s degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Dan Crenshaw dropped one of the coolest campaign ads ever produced, designed after Marvel’s Avengers series.  His ad supports President Trump, but also other Republican candidates like John James in Michigan.

Crenshaw’s calling out of Biden is profound.  Particularly profound.  In a campaign where we’ve seen more examples of “accuse the other side of what you’re doing,” it appears that Biden has blamed Trump and Republicans for every problem Democrats have created.

Riots?  Not Trump people.  Looting?  Not Trump people.  Damage to businesses?  Not Trump people.  Barging into restaurants and making people hail to Black Lives Matter and give the upward sign with your fist?  Not Trump people. 

Blocking roadways? Not Trump people.  Assaulting police officers?   Not Trump people.    Beating up old people in Portland as they walk into a theater?  You guessed it.  Not Trump people. 

Each of those scenarios, though, has been presented through the mainstream media and left-wing conspiracy theorists that it is the right-wing Trump supporters out there causing all the trouble.  Not Antifa, not BLM, but Trump people. 

Please – Trump supporters are too busy working and taking care of their families to do all of that crazy stuff.  Now, the left?  It appears that plenty of those folks have the time open on their schedules and little no to responsibilities so they can go out and burn, loot, riot, vandalize, assault, and whatever else comes to mind.

It is all we can hope that once the election is over, strong leaders like Dan Crenshaw, John James, and President Trump will rally up their prospective teams and go out and clean up the many messes that the unemployed, misguided, anti-American folks have made. 

It is the hope of this writer that the president will invoke the Insurrection Act.  The Insurrection Act of 1807 is a United States federal law that empowers the President of the United States to deploy U.S. military and federalized National Guard troops within the United States in particular circumstances, such as to suppress civil disorder, insurrection and rebellion.

Before invoking the powers under the Act, the president is required to first issue a proclamation ordering the insurgents to disperse. The Insurrection Act provides for one of the few exceptions to the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 in order to allow military members to enforce civilian law.

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