Why is it so hard for some politicians to tell the truth about cannabis? What is it about cannabis that makes public servants so willing to ignore the facts?
Chris Christie: The biggest problem of all
As we ponder this question, let’s use one of the worst of the worst as our example: pot-hating New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has said some of the dumbest things imaginable about weed. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Governor dragged his feet in the implementation of a medical marijuana law signed by his predecessor.
Christie, whose name will forever be associated with the infamous Bridgegate scandal, in which he ordered the creation of a life-threatening, record-breaking traffic jam, brings a similar style to the cannabis sphere as he does to traffic control.
“Are you high right now?”
In an installment of “Ask the Governor” late last year on New Jersey 101.5 FM, a caller suggested to the Governor that taxing recreational cannabis could be a good source of income for the state. That’s not an unreasonable premise, given that Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and every other state that’s legalized has experienced a windfall of tax money.
But Christie, in his typical, er, “statesmanlike” fashion, took the opportunity to berate the caller and lie about marijuana.
Are you high right now? To me, legalization of marijuana for tax purposes – and you can justify it any other way – is blood money.
I have watched too many kids start their addiction with alcohol and marijuana and then move on to much more serious drugs. And every study shows marijuana is a gateway drug.”
Never mind that legalization is supported by a majority of New Jersey voters and has been since at least 2015. Christie prefers to repeat outright lies about the discredited “gateway theory” while continuing to punish pot users with up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.
Back in 2015, when Christie was planning a run for the White House, he even threatened Colorado and other legal states, reports Politico. He blustered on “Fox and Friends” in 2015,
Marijuana is against the law in the states and it should be enforced in all 50 states. That’s the law and the Christie Administration will support it.
If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it. As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.
Railing at “liberals”
Christie claims greedy “liberals” who want more tax money are willing to sacrifice the health and futures of our children for “blood money.” He repeated this as recently as this month, reports Reason.com.
This is the part that liberals love the most: We can tax it. Sweet Jesus, we can tax it! More money for us!
Christie on May 1 unleashed a vitriolic diatribe against a push to legalize recreational weed in New Jersey. He made the remarks during a speech on substance abuse hosted by the New Jersey Hospital Association, reports NJ.com.
This is beyond stupidity. We are in the midst of the public health crisis on opiates. But people are saying pot’s OK. This is nothing more than crazy liberals who want to say everything’s OK. Baloney.
Unfortunately, Christie has been selected by Donald Trump to chair a commission on ways to fight the opioid abuse epidemic in America. Too bad Christie hates pot so much. Cannabis has shown great promise in being an exit drug from opioid addiction.