Christie Promises to Immediately Crackdown on Legal Cannabis
July 29th, 2015
Policy, Top Story
New Jersey Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Christie told marijuana users in states that have legalized the drug to “enjoy it” while they can because, if he becomes president, there will be a federal crackdown on the substance.
“If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” said Christie at a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire, as reported by Bloomberg. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.”
Christie has been adamantly opposed to the legalization of marijuana even among states, calling medical marijuana programs a “front” for full recreational legalization and the taxes generated from these programs as “blood money”. As one of 16 Republicans campaigning for the 2016 nomination, he has made it crystal clear that he would not permit recreational cannabis in states that have legalized it and set back the efforts.
While marijuana remain a Schedule I Controlled Substance under federal law, the U.S. Department of Justice has urged federal prosecutors to refrain from targeting operations that have been legalized on a state level. Washington D.C. and four states have legalized recreational marijuana, while upwards of ten additional states are expected to consider legalization over the next several years – including California.
A number of polls have shown growing support for legalization among the general public, which is why many Republican contenders have started taking less hardline approaches. More than half of GOP voters believe that states should have the right to regulate marijuana how they wish, while a significantly higher proportion of overall voters supports legalization and decriminalization measures as a way to reduce crime and raise tax revenue.
A new study is also casting doubt on one of the major arguments against legalization – that it would increase usage among adolescents. According to University of Texas at Austin researchers, adolescent usage has not increased over the past 11 years despite the legalization of marijuana in several states, while disapproval of marijuana has actually increased among younger adolescents, suggesting that advertising campaigns are working.
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