Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) has become unhinged due to his state’s effort to legalize marijuana.
The former presidential candidate stated that legalization efforts were “beyond stupidity,” at an event for the New Jersey Hospital Association regarding substance abuse. “We are in the midst of the public health crisis on opiates,” said Christie, ignoring the fact that now even the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) admits that “medical marijuana products may have a role in reducing the use of opioids needed to control pain.”
“But people are saying pot’s OK. This is nothing more than crazy liberals who want to say everything’s OK.”
Perhaps Trump may want to seek a new candidate, as Christie’s comments conflict with scientific research that views marijuana as a possible ally in the opioid crisis. Christie is a believer in marijuana as a “gateway drug,” and blasted Democratic politicians for attempting legalize cannabis.
“Then why not legalize heroin? I mean, their argument fails just on that basis. Let’s legalize cocaine. Let’s legalize angel dust. Let’s legalize all of it. What’s the difference? Let everybody choose,”
“If he’s gonna say this is stupid, I’m going to say those comment are idiotic,” said state Senator Nick Scutari, the sponsor of the marijuana legalization bill.
“To try to draw some kind of nexus between the two is ridiculous, misplaced, and unscientific.”
Scutari’s proposed legislation is supported by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, as well as Christie’s opposing Democrat in the upcoming election, Phil Murphy. Sweeney participated in a fact-finding trip to Colorado to learn about the realities of legalizing cannabis. He was reassured by what he witnessed.
“The industry is so regulated there,” he said. “It is harder to find it on the corner.”
Christie’s rant seems to be as much about political opposition as public safety, as he suggested Democrats and “liberals” were considering taxes from marijuana legalization as a new revenue stream. “This is the part liberals love. We can tax it! Sweet Jesus, we can tax it! More money for us!” he said. “We’re going to poison our kids for 1 percent more money that they can spend on some God awful, stupid program that they can put in the mailer and send out and say, ‘I delivered $300 million more for this.'”
The governor also called on public health advocates to focus on combatting drug addiction with the same determination seen during the AIDS epidemic over the last three decades. “Where’s the march for the kids who are dying every day?” he asked. “We believe as a society that these people are getting what they deserve.”
As part of the federal committee meant to fight the opioid crisis, Christie will be visiting social media companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to ask that they participate in public health awareness programs regarding substance abuse. But he may have trouble connecting with these companies located in a state that just legalized cannabis, and within an industry that has been known to experiment with illicit substances in the workplace.
Watch Gov. Christie’s misguided rant here: