Christie Promises Crackdown on Marijuana

With the clear trend in favor of marijuana legalization, either for medicinal or recreational purposes, at the state level, Chris Christie is promising that if he is elected he will immediately crack down on those who use it. I’m not sure why he thinks this would help his flagging campaign.

Residents in U.S. states that have legalized marijuana should toke up while they still can, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said.

“If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie, a Republican campaigning for the 2016 presidential nomination, said Tuesday during a town-hall meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.”

At a time when a majority of Americans say recreational pot use should be legal, and four states have already made it so, Christie remains opposed. The former federal prosecutor said Democratic President Barack Obama has selectively chosen which laws to enforce…

“That’s lawlessness,” he said. “If you want to change the marijuana laws, go ahead and change the national marijuana laws.”

Oh, nonsense, and he knows it. It’s simply setting reasonable priorities. Law enforcement cannot possibly stop every criminal act that goes on, so they have to make choices on where to allocate resources to make them most effective. When the DEA focuses its resources on drugs coming over the border, that doesn’t mean they’re choosing not to enforce the drug laws elsewhere.

This seems like a very odd choice to make for Christie. Public opinion has rapidly shifted in favor of legalization, so it’s unlikely to help him politically.

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  • StevoR

    Well, there goes his Stoners vote ..

    Among others.

    I’m not sure why he thinks this would help his flagging campaign.

    Media attention! Say something, anything that will get it or be forgotten. Its O2 for these pitiful fools, metaphorically speaking. Also metaphoriclaly, they’re starving and choking and desperate for it. So very desperate.

  • Larry

    Wow, that’s some platform you got there, Christie. Someone with stage 4 cancer sucking on a blunt to ease their pain has to be on the top 2 or 3 things Americans are concerned about these days.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Larry : Or not.

  • theschwa

    Look, I am old-school. I know the only sensible response to drugs is more prisons and more inmates and mandatory minimums. Because they work! Just like the solution to all foreign policy problems is bombs and soldiers on the ground. Because it has never failed and always gets the results promised!

    All up-side, no down-side.

    This is a no-brainer!

    Christie has my vote!!

  • Area Man

    It’s one of those playing-to-the-base things that comes due with interest during the general. In Christie’s case, he’s pretty desperate so he’ll turn as far right as need be. This has become true of nearly the entire clownmobile, with the possible exception of Bush and Walker, who probably feel they can wait-out the Trump-storm.

  • colnago80

    Re Area Man @ #5

    Walker promised to cancel the agreement with Iran on his first day in office. Sounds like he is well suited to be in the clown SUV.

  •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Maybe he uses the same advisers as Stephen Harper. Here in Canada his government has started airing anti-marijuana ads and they’re attacking Justin Trudeau for talking about legalizing it.

  • llewelly

    Whether he knows it or not, he is gambling that the older Republicans will be more active during the nomination than the younger Republicans. If he’s wrong, his nomination campaign will be harmed. (A Christie campaign for the general election would be harmed either way, but I doubt he’ll get that far anyway. )

  • raven

    New Jersey ranks No. 1 in people moving out of the state …


    NJ ranks No. 1 in people leaving state. January 2, 2015 5:04 PM. Sixty-five percent of moves in New Jersey are moving moving out of the state. (Credit: ).

    Why half of New Jerseyans say they want to leave … –


    Nov 10, 2014 – A new poll shows half of all New Jersey residents say they want to eventually leave … called New Jersey’s highest-in-the-land property taxes “the road to ruin. … lives in the Garden State, numbers that continue to reflect a seven-year trend. … New Jersey ranks near the bottom nationwide, but those still in the …

    Christie is your typical New Jersey poltician. As corrupt as possible and maximally incompetent.

    And what is his record? New Jersey ranks highest in people moving out and half the people want to get the hell out there. Most kids in New Jersey list their first job choice as either “out of here” or “dead”. (This is a joke.)

    To be sure, you can’t blame it all on Christie. But they are near New York City and have casinos. And still can’t make it work.

  • raven

    Christie really is desperate.

    Attacking marijuana availability is trying to put the Genie back in the bottle. Or redoing Prohibition of alcohol.

    And who really cares anyway?

  • Knight in Sour Armor

    Relying on the ancient Republicans probably isn’t sound strategy; a lot of them have died since the last primary.

  • Dave Maier

    Re: Raven @9: A while back some radio DJs tried to get Asbury Park native Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born to Run” recognized as the NJ state song. That failed when it was noticed that the song is all about getting the hell out of NJ by any means necessary (“it’s a death trap”). Maybe we should try again?

  • Synfandel

    @11 Knight in Sour Armor wrote:

    Relying on the ancient Republicans probably isn’t sound strategy; a lot of them have died since the last primary.

    Most of them were dead by about A.D. 14.

  • gadfly47

    Conservatives are all about states rights when it comes to gay marriage. Then they their all about federal power when states legalize marijuana. The one thing they are consistent on is a desire to needlessly interfere in ordinary people’s lives. By any means possible.

  • abear

    raven: I agree with you that marijuana should be legalized. So are you going to stop threatening to get me put on the No Fly list?

  • felidae

    Christie–the man who brings the fat into fatuous

  • Numenaster

    Felidae, is that all you got? A fat joke? When Christie provides such a wealth of other material that you must be shuffling your feet through potential punchlines littering the floor?

  • abb3w

    While overall public opinion has shifted, those who identify as Republican are shifting more slowly, and this isn’t a core issue. Thus, this may be an attempt to gain support in the GOP base — on an issue which he could then ignore if he ever achieved incumbency to the presidency.

  • Al Dente

    Raven @9

    New Jersey ranks No. 1 in people moving out of the state …

    So Christie closed down the Washington Bridge to keep people from leaving New Jersey. It all makes sense now.

  • colnago80

    Re felidea @ #16

    This is the wrong blog to make fun of Christie’s weight.

  • busterggi

    Christie just wants all the Cheetos & brownies for himself.

  • yoav

    And there was me thinking republicans are all about state rights™, I guess that only apply if it’s the right to treat women and gay people like crap.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Maybe if corporations could smoke….