Presidential 'Hopeful' Chris Christie Would Crack Down on Legalized Marijuana

By Brent McCluskey 06/10/15

Christie also repeated an old line that the drug war is a failure.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has not officially announced that he plans to run for president, but a recent interview focusing on America’s popular drug issues certainly points in that direction.

In an interview on Face The Nation (CBS), Christie talked about his stance on legalized marijuana and explained that if he were president, he would prosecute states that allowed recreational use of the “gateway drug.”

“For the people who are enamored with the idea with the income, the tax revenue from this, go to Colorado and see if you want to live there,” said Christie. “See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there’s head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into your airport just to come and get high. To me, it’s just not the quality of life we want to have in the state of New Jersey, and there’s no tax revenue that’s worth that.”

Christie went on to explain that he believes America’s War on Drugs has been a bust, pointing to our legal system’s focus on incarcerating non-violent drug offenders instead of providing them with treatment as one of the major issues.

“What I’ve been saying in New Jersey is that we can no longer incarcerate our way out of this problem,” said Christie. “We need to give treatment. No other disease do we say to folks, ‘No, no, no, you don’t deserve treatment.’ That somehow it’s a moral failing. This is a disease like anything else. I think quite frankly the War on Drugs has been a failure.”

Christie said that if he were elected president he would work towards providing addicts with the tools they need to get clean.

”What we need to do now is to work on giving people the tools that we know we have available to us—we know how to help people—let’s do it," Christie said. "And let’s stop spending money on incarcerating non-violent people because they are drug addicted. Let’s get them into treatment, and let’s give them the tools to get better, because every life we save is a miracle.”

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Brent McCluskey is a Social Media Editor at International Business Times as well as a Jedi with Sith tendencies.  He is also a reader of books, slayer of dragons, and level 80 mage.

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