Possible Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, is once again in the spotlight for his recent comments about marijuana legalization — and what he’d do if he were president.
During an interview on the Hugh Hewitt show, Christie very vocally opposed legalization of any kind, stressing how we would, as president, not allow federal law to be so flagrantly violated.
Christie went on to label cannabis a problematic drug with addiction issues. He explained during the interview,
“Marijuana is a gateway drug. We have an enormous addiction problem in this country. 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.”
During the April 20 episode of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart responded by calling Christie the “one guy who’s got to be a total narc.” Stewart pointed out that it was Christie who legalized internet gambling in New Jersey, something known for being addictive and typically illegal under federal law. But, as Stewart added,
“Well, there is a difference, though, to be fair. If you smoke too much pot, no one comes to break your fu**ing knees.”
A recent Quinnipiac University poll revealed that the majority of voters in three key swing states — Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida — support the legalization of marijuana. Since 1960, no candidate has won the presidential election without taking at least two of these three states. For this reason, it has been predicted that a 2016 candidate’s stance on cannabis will be an important factor.
Christie has remained consistent in his dislike for cannabis thus far, but it will be interesting to see if his stance changes as he ramps up for 2016.
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