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Chris Christie Says He'll Crack Down on Marijuana, If Elected President

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    During a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) claimed he will “crack down” on states that have legalized marijuana, if he becomes President in the future.

    Marijuana is a gateway drug. We have an enormous addiction problem in this country,” said Christie. “And we need to send very clear leadership from the White House on down through the federal law enforcement. Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law. And the states should not be permitted to sell it and profit from it.” Asked if he’ll enforce federal law in Washington and Colorado, he responded, “Absolutely. I will crack down and not permit it.”

    Considerable research suggests that the “gateway drug” argument against legalized marijuana is false. Sixteen years ago, for example, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that there is “no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.” More recent research confirms this conclusion.

    Moreover, if a recent Pew Research Center poll is any indication, the tough stance may not bode well for Christie’s presidential prospects. According to the latest poll results, 53 percent of Americans favor pot legalization. More than 50 percent of Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers are pro-marijuana, as well as 68 percent of Millennials. A separate poll from Quinnipiac University also concluded that the majority of voters in key swing states — Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania — approve of recreational and medical marijuana, which means pot could become a significant factor in the next election cycle.

    Should Christie throw his hat in the ring, he’ll have to square off against candidates who have tacked left on marijuana. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who’s vocalized his support of medical marijuana. The senator, who’s also co-authored bills to reduce mandatory sentencing laws for nonviolent crimes, including marijuana-related offenses, said, “The main thing…is not to legalize them but not to incarcerate people for extended periods of time.” Though Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says he personally disagrees with marijuana use — and he’s also criticized the Obama administration for a relatively permissive approach towards marijuana — he’s also said that states have the right to legalize recreational pot.

    Embracing a cautious approach, Hillary Clinton also believes that states are entitled to pass laws in favor of cannabis, but “[wants] to wait and see what the evidence is,” before making generalizations.

    By Karima Townes - Think Progress/April 15, 2015
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    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. OTCJ
    Our enormous addiction problem is Christie himself...

    If he wants to "Crack down" do so on the non-therapeutic use of prescription pain pills.

    Also, alcohol is arguably much, MUCH more of a gateway drug than marijuana.

    ALSO, As stated, the evidence is in; Marijuana is one of the most benign "drugs" humanity uses on a regular basis, and one that is not only physically safe but also promotes self-reflection, creativity and ego-regulation. Those that deny marijuana ought to be a legally consumable sacrament are taking the same stance culturally that climate change deniers are, that despite overwhelming consensus and evidence, they the uninformed deniers know better and are so convinced that they are willing to steer the ship into the rocks at the expense of the future in the case of climate change, and at the expense of incarcerated, non-violent "drug offenders" in the case of drug prohibition.

  2. idfma
    Well, if I needed another reason to hate this sorry piece of shit, I have it.

    I didn't need another reason, though.
  3. JarvyJarvison
    Frankly, it doesn't matter. I know a lot of you are liberals so you probably don't know this but Christie isn't well-liked among conservatives and Republicans. He doesn't stand a chance of setting foot in the White House.
  4. Name goes here
    The Dea already has a war on pain pills. Makes us people who need opiates have to either fight with doctors or illegally procure them.

    On to the fat slob. Republicans are supposed to stand for a smaller, less intrusive government. If a state chooses to legalize a plant, so be it.

    He needs to fight the war on obesity. Not for the public, just his fast food eating fat ass.

    Makes me as a libertarian/conservative look bad.
  5. idfma
    Actually Jarvy, my political orientation is irrelevant, I started following Christie even before his old-school, political strong-arm bridge bullshit came up, and I'm on the other side of the country. I have no patience for the people in either party who conduct themselves in office in ways that perpetuate the unfairness and cronyism that makes our 'greatest system anywhere' inherently unfair and rigged against those who have the least.

    Does that make me liberal? I don't think so, since the whole myth we are clinging to in this country is that, if you work hard, and follow the rules you will be rewarded. Not if you're looking for a competitive bid from Chris Christie--he already picked his friend for that contract by completely ignoring any requirement to go out for bid on large contracts.

    Yeah, I know he got where he is with 'hard work', but as soon as he got there, he proceeded to strong arm, intimidate, and destroy anyone who dared question or oppose him--even when they were right. That motherfucker is pure evil.

    In a general election he is far more electable than most of the other candidates currently in the Republican field, and I do find some solace in the fact he isn't not nearly rabid enough on the core issues to get the nomination.

    The fact he is a Republican isn't why I don't like him. He is an unethical, unprincipled, greedy asshole, who made his name as a U.S. Attorney, when the law--particularly laws designed to prevent cronyism, conflict of interest, etc--has always been irrelevant to him--him personally, of course. He has never hesitated to use the law as a weapon against those who oppose him. On the flip side, he has never had any qualms about breaking the laws he was elected or nominated to enforce, if they stand in the way of his personal gain.

    I'm not worried about him getting elected--it's his hypocrisy and dickishness I was commenting on. That type of behavior happens in both parties, and shouldn't be tolerated in any situation, just because it is, doesn't make it right.
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