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Why He’s Anti-Pot: Chris Christie and Big Pharma

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Why He’s Anti-Pot: Chris Christie and Big Pharma

New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie made headlines this week when he reaffirmed that he would prosecute the cannabis industry in states where adult-use marijuana is legal.

“I believe it should still be illegal,” Christie said in a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire on Tuesday. “If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until January 2017, because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana as President of the United States.” His answer was greeted with polite applause.

Yes, Christie probably continues to speak against the cannabis industry in an attempt to appeal to the right wing. He currently struggles in the presidential polls — coming in at 10th place with support at only 3 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll released today — so it certainly couldn’t hurt.

However, his comments almost certainly are motivated by the fact that one of his home state’s most powerful industries is in pharmaceuticals. New Jersey, a state that calls itself “the medicine chest of the world,” houses 17 of the world’s 20 largest pharmaceutical companies. According to the state’s website on its pharmaceutical industry, New Jersey also has 126,000 life sciences and biopharma employees, the highest concentration in the nation, meaning much of Christie’s constituents support policies favorable to “Big Pharma.”

Big pharmaceutical companies, especially those that make painkillers, have long lobbied against medical marijuana and favorable medical marijuana policies for the drug’s ability to detract from the company’s profits.

For example, Purdue Pharma, the makers of painkiller OxyContin, and Abbott Laboratories, the makers of Vicodin, are among the largest donors to campaigns against marijuana such as the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, according to The Nation.

Purdue Pharma’s technical operations facility is located in Totowa, New Jersey and its laboratory is in Cranbury, New Jersey. Abbott’s medical diagnostic products are made in Princeton, New Jersey.

In 2012, the pharmaceutical industry contributed an estimated $33.5 billion in GDP in New Jersey through its activities and economic ripple effect, according to a study from Rutgers released in 2014. Also, the study found that the industry annually generates about $1.5 billion in state taxes and $1.4 billion in local taxes.

Meanwhile, Chris Christie has probably the harshest view of marijuana in the field of 2016 presidential candidates in any party. When grading the candidates on their marijuana policies, the Marijuana Policy Project gave out only two F’s: one to Christie and one to Rick Santorum, in a field of 23 candidates.

In New Hampshire on Tuesday, Christie said that he believes marijuana “does damage to the brain” and called it a gateway drug. He also dodged a question asking him to compare it to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and heroin by saying he was merely “an advocate for compliance with the law.”

What do you think about the governor’s threats? Tell us in the comments below.



  1. Scott Gailey

    August 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Probably the only reason he’s against marijuana the pharmaceutical companies that’s backing him there sales and profits will decline about to half of what it is now and he won’t get his kick back to make his pocket fatter truth be known he knows the benefits of medical marijuana

    • Tom Campbell

      August 4, 2015 at 2:10 am

      With no bribes, sorry, party donations, he won’t be able to buy food. Could this be the diet everyone wants for the ‘fat cats’.

  2. Heather

    August 1, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Let’s be honest, Christie has always been for the side that will back him best and give him the biggest check. But when it comes to the big picture of making sure that people have what they need in a crisis such as a natural disaster; well he will get the job done. As far as his views otherwise, he is a puppet like most of them and wants to get paid the most he can and will allow his masters to pull his strings as they like to get what he can from them. And we thought our dogs dig some neat tricks for treats. They don’t have a thing on politicians.

  3. Matt

    July 31, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Why is this moron not in prison?

  4. Melissa

    July 31, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    It’s called Karma… He will probably get something terrible ( not wishing he would , that’s just messed up) that makes him HAVE to smoke cannabis… Then he will change his toon

  5. Carol Schreiner

    July 31, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Christie is disgusting.

  6. Reid Craig

    July 31, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I’ll say it again,he will still be unemployed in January ’17

  7. Sleepyg

    July 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    We already didn’t like him, he is crude and overbearing. But when I heard his little speech I thought “you just stabbed yourself fool. Save your money and stay in NJ CC! He really is a fat fool.

  8. Craig

    July 31, 2015 at 11:04 am

    He is a danger to this country his curruption is clear he doesnt listen to the people. Shame on you christie. The people of new jersey suffer because of you

    • Sleepyg

      July 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      He’s a dinosaur! Go back to the buffet CC.

  9. Larry Rasmussen

    July 31, 2015 at 9:47 am

    He is one big drug pusher. He would rather see Americans hooked on pharmaceuticals and pay their dues (and deaths) to the pharmaceutical company’s. He is clearly a politician looking to line his pockets with dollars then doing the right thing for the people of the United States of America.
    Pledge your allegiance against him. I have.

  10. connie burns

    July 31, 2015 at 9:43 am

    pills are the big busness. he is a very greedy man. if he likes pills so much he can take them give me what god put on this earth not somthing that man made

  11. Patricia

    July 31, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Yep a paid shill for big pharma he will not be a president of the USA since he has showed himself to be in big pharma pocket and not on the side of we the people

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