New Jersey: Gov. Christie Calls Marijuana Legalization 'Beyond Stupidity'
By Derrick Stanley
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called the push for cannabis legalization “beyond stupidity,” adding that it’s “not time for use to be cool and say, ‘Pot’s OK,’” during a forum on substance abuse hosted by the New Jersey Hospital Association, NJ.com reports.
“We are in the midst of the public health crisis on opiates,” Christie said during his remarks. “But people are saying pot’s OK. This is nothing more than crazy liberals who want to say everything’s OK. Baloney.”
Christie rallied against pro-legalization politicians, including Democrat Phil Murphy who is the favorite in this year’s gubernatorial campaign in the state.
“People like [Rep.] Nick Scutari and [Senate President] Steve Sweeney and Phil Murphy want to bring this poison, legalized, into this state under the premise that, well, it doesn’t matter because people can buy it illegally anyway,” Christie said in the report. “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.”
Democrat Scutari is the main sponsor of legalization legislation expected to be introduced in the legislature next year. Sweeney has indicated he would support the bill.
Christie also proclaimed that marijuana is a gateway drug to heroin, citing the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health that purports a child who tries marijuana between 12 and 17-years-old is 10 times more likely to be addicted to heroin by the time they reach 24.
“If he’s gonna say [legalization] is stupid, I’m going to say those comments are idiotic,” Scutari said of the governor’s remarks. “To try to draw some kind of nexus between the two is ridiculous, misplaced, and unscientific.”