Christie Promises Crackdown on Marijuana

Christie Promises Crackdown on Marijuana July 30, 2015

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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