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Presidential Hopeful Chris Christie Vows to Shut Down the Cannabis Industry

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Presidential Hopeful Chris Christie Vows to Shut Down the Cannabis Industry

If the latest presidential hopeful is handed the keys to the White House in 2016, the cannabis industry, as a whole, is doomed for a complete ransacking by federal drug officials and may ultimately be shut down in an act of extreme prejudice. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently appeared on The Hugh Hewitt Show, where he announced his pre-presidential plan to “crack down” on those states that have voted to end prohibition and bring cannabis to the mainstream.

When Hewitt inquired about the governor’s position on states like Colorado and Washington, which are currently being allowed by the federal government to operate recreational marijuana markets, Christie explained that he intends to make it his first line of business to, once again, enforce federal law and put prohibition back where it belongs.

“I will crack down and not permit it,” he said, before going on a tirade about cannabis being the culprit for addiction. “Marijuana is a gateway drug,” he continued. “We have an enormous addiction problem in this country. And we need to send very clear leadership from the White House on down through the federal law enforcement. Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law. And the states should not be permitted to sell it and profit from it.”

So far, Christie is the first candidate to step into the 2016 presidential campaign to express a complete disdain for the cannabis industry and take a platform of total prohibition. Most of the other candidates, including Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and Rick Perry, have all stood alongside of the Obama Administration’s current stance in which the federal government hasn’t formally put the kibosh on those states that have established taxed and regulated markets.

While it’s unnerving to hear that a possibility of the next president sabotaging the progress of marijuana reform in the U.S. exists, it’s likely the worst possible position a presidential hopeful can take in this day and age if they expect to run a successful campaign.

Not even the ultra-conservative side of the political scene can be counted on to stand in opposition of legal weed. A recent Pew Research Survey indicates that 54 percent of  Republicans don’t believe the federal government should stand in the way of those states that have decided to sell cannabis in a manner similar to how the entire country slings booze. These numbers are extremely impressive because they show that pot’s opposing forces are starting to emerge in close proximity to the beliefs of both Democratic (58 percent) and Independent (64 percent) political figures.

This isn’t to suggest that the majority of Republicans are champing at the bit to repeal prohibition, but it does shed some light on the theory that it will, at least from this point forward, be difficult for a presidential candidate to attract the necessary support as long as they vow to perpetuate the war on cannabis with Nixon-esque swagger and swill. In fact, only a small percentage of Republican lawmakers stand in support of the full-blown legalization of marijuana, like what’s currently underway in Colorado. An overwhelming majority (65 percent) believe that it should be left up to the state to determine whether to implement this policy, not the uncle-sambagging authority of the federal government.

Christie’s arrogant vow to undermine the will of the states that have decided to legalize marijuana, essentially stripping the concept of democracy down to its underpants and flogging its backside with a wet rubber hose, is probably not the best strategy to persuade his Republican brothers and sisters to support his campaign. Even if they did, which isn’t likely, the former federal prosecutor would still be hard-pressed to win the support of the average voter by standing on a shaky prohibitionary platform. This is a no-brainer, since the latest public opinion poll show that most Americans stand in support of legalization in one form or another.

The most interesting aspect of Governor Christie’s most recent anti-pot remarks is the fact that he honestly believes he has enough girth to rip every state’s pot plants up by the roots and burn down the entire industry without becoming a real target for cannabis advocates and activists. Even though some public policy experts claim it’s possible for the next president to swoop in and castrate the cannabis trade, there’s enough momentum coursing through the country, at this juncture, that would undoubtedly make this tactic a more difficult task than even a know-it-all like Christie is able to fathom.

In response to a recent op-ed piece by Harvard economics professor Jeff Miron, which speculates that the next president and his attorney general could go against the grain of state rights and snuff out the legal cannabis market, Drug Policy Alliance’s Ethan Nadelman argues that such a happening would be an extreme scenario – and a highly unlikely one at that. Legal marijuana has already proven itself to be a substantial earner, with the potential to become the rock star plant that projects the U.S. into fatter days under the next industrial revolution. Essentially, there are too many influential people currently reaping the benefits of legal weed for the president to even consider such a vicious plot to overthrow.

“It’s all political,” Nadelmann told The Huffington Post. “Of course it’s possible that the next president could decide to crack down on the states that have legalized marijuana but that prospect becomes ever less likely with every passing day.”

“Diverse sectors of society are developing a stake in marijuana remaining legal,” he continued. “Taxpayers and tax collectors enjoy the revenue. Cost cutters appreciate the savings from no longer arresting so many people for marijuana. Unions welcome the new legal jobs. Businessmen, including many who vote Republican, relish the actual and potential profits.”

Essentially, this means that if Christie does manage to win the presidency in 2016, he will have a fight on his hands if he intends to persist in his effort to close the doors on the cannabis culture. Sure, he would have the power to launch a full-scale attack on legal states by finally feeding the starving dogs of the Drug Enforcement Administration with permission to collapse every marijuana-related business and throw the proprietors in prison under the harshest federal statutes. But, a measure that drastic could be straw that breaks the political camel’s back, as his draconian fist would do nothing to rid the country of marijuana – it would only ensure that the wrong people profit from the sales.

What do you think of Chris Christie’s stance on cannabis? Share your thoughts in the comments.

39 Comments

39 Comments

  1. Richard Botos

    May 3, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Chris Christie is a bully,to threaten voters in the states who had the foresight to see the benefits of marijuana and voted to have state governments control it…Does the the Governor think that will be the end,he needs to get out of that cue that is watching and taking notes from the very laughable movie “reefer madness” .
    My late wife was fighting a battle with cancer which she lost,she was having problems eating,I made mention that marijuana can increase her appetite,the doctor at the hospital prescribed Marinol[paraphrasing],it is derived from the cannabis plant,she was given the medication and it wasn’t to much longer that her appetite increased and was eat something solid not coming out of a bottle hanging on a pole…..so no Governor! is going to tell me it is a gateway drug!!…it is a God given medicine that has been used for millennia…wake up Governor….believer in Northern CA. ..RJB

  2. Dave

    May 3, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I wouldn’t worry too much about him. Most Republicans think he’s a douchebag, too.

  3. Julien

    April 26, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I am a conservative/libertarian. I have not voted for a democrat since Jimmy Carter but I would absolutely vote for a democrat over this bully. I don’t even smoke, thought I did when I was younger and think that it is an abomination that some people have the nerve, the arrogance to use the force of law to prohibit people from growing, possessing, or using a plant that The Lord saw fit in His wisdom and goodness to give to mankind. We have a right to ANYTHING that grows on this planet by virtue of being human. Some things are simply “no-brainers”. Who do they think that they are and why have we put up with this non-sense for this long… I’ll tell you why. Because they have guns and jails and use them to take away our God given rights. I would NEVERMIND support any candidate who is against legalizing marijuana.

  4. David

    April 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

    It is absurd for him to even think he could do something of the sort being as though that there are many many articles of research that states that marijuana is not only medicinally beneficial there are more than enough reasons recreational use considering that alcohol is ten times worse then marijuana in all aspects, like health and intoxication being the most two important… Divided We Fall United We Stand…

  5. Aiessante Josephs

    April 26, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Ive done the research read the articles watched the videos Rick Simpson run from the cure Dr Hill there is not even a shadow of doubt that Cannabis is gods gift to mankind, a medicine so perfect and so effective in its ability to Heal, cure and ease our suffering. And theres my wife of 34 years Mother to my 4 sons she is a priceless treasure to me and she has stage 3 uterine cancer. Im sure many of you can understand and relate how I must feel after reading my governor’s harsh words and total lack of compassion for the sick. He’s a smart guy Surely he’s read what ive read watched what ive watched how can the guy be that cruel? My wife will get what she needs somehow, and with so many hate charged thoughts and bad vibes directed at him always manifests itself in a bad way. Most people dont link one with the other you can run but theres no hiding from bad karma he’ll be a bad memory in 2 years

  6. Frank

    April 25, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Such an idiot

  7. Michelle C Urff

    April 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Dude’s going to loose I’d be surprised if he makes the ballot!! I am also one of the people whose been able to come off most of my meds. I think this dude should be sent tons of information he NEEDS SERIOUS education!!!!

  8. queenbeeouch

    April 25, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I say this dumb fuck don’t have a chance and is most likely to be in buss with the cancer medicine company and others .why else would he be so hard on to remove a plant that is meant to help us away.yhe man needs to go back through the bible and even see that it says there is a plant (not chemical) on this planet to cure us.he is going to try to take it away.ha put his ass back in school.

  9. Mario Ortiz

    April 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Aqui no Brasil,sofremos grande repressão ao consumo de Cannabis.Com os politicos vagabundos que temos,será muito dificil chegarmos a uma solução.Eu tive Hepatite C,e ela me ajudou muito durante o tratamento.Muitos sofrem sem saber seus beneficios e não usam por descriminarem a Cannabis. Lutem ai no seu país para soluções que possam ser adptadas pelos nossos governantes aqui na Linda América do Sul.

  10. Debra Tabor

    April 25, 2015 at 4:29 am

    That fat cow can’t even lose weight let alone shut down something that’s his money maker.
    Chris Christie will never be president with that attitud.

  11. Bradley Martinez

    April 25, 2015 at 12:46 am

    It’s funny how they mention Nixon, because Nixon secretly used taxpayer money to have scientists study on the benefits of marijuana and then shut it down, had the records sealed and started the war on drugs. So the government has known for over 50 years about how marijuana would benefit in the fight against many illnesses. This fat a****** will be lucky to even get nominated, he’s already lost the race for nomination by making those ridiculous comments.

  12. Mike Tirrell

    April 24, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    The governor must be expressing this because he, like most all politicians, are bought. There must be police unions, private prisons, etc driving him to do this. This asshole is a poster child for cronyism. Here in Washington State, we don’t like to hear the comments that pork-chop has been saying about legalization.

  13. Cory

    April 24, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    As Americans I think we still have the right(unless obummer took it away while you were all watching tv) to say hey Fuck Head don’t even bother running for Commander n Chief if you’re against the Peace pipe. Go close a bridge you fuck.

  14. Ben

    April 24, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    As a smoker for cronic pain I am all for Full 100% medical & Rec world wide not just in the USA as far as I see things any possiable way to LIE to us the people about the benefits & revenue from A PLANT that could help the planet be it in any aspect of business/Medical or any other way Wake UP people

  15. Rob

    April 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    He is a fat dumb ASS he won’t win no one can stand him he is a fat lier.

    • Kat

      April 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      LOL!

  16. joe

    April 24, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Jerry Springer for president everybody!

    • Kat

      April 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      What a great idea.

  17. roel bustinza

    April 24, 2015 at 11:07 am

    He already lost

  18. Katherine Taylor

    April 24, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I smoke pot because I have severe PTSD and epilepsy I would be taking 17 different prescriptions that causes memory problems and many other problems smoking daily keeps my seizures at bay enables me to sleep and eat without throwing up! I can be a normal person in public please don’t take away my medicine! Chris Christy talks about the addiction problem we have in the u.s. what about the alcoholics that bbeat their wives and kids alcohol is readily available on every conrner to self medicate what about the casinos? Ppl going in there ruining their family by spending all their life savings? Or the cigarettes that kills 5 million a yr!! Shoot how about caffeine and a cup of coffee? Caffeine has no medical value has been scientically proven to be more addictive than cannabis so Christy needs to get his facts right before blaming a plant that saves lives

    • Jonathan

      April 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      I agree completely. I have a severe MS and this is the only thing that helps with the neuropathy. He will not be getting my vote. Don’t take away from me the only thing that provides me with relief and helps me work. Without cannabis, I would be on social security or dead. Thanks

    • Haykey

      April 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      I do not sit here as an addiction specialist and say dope is cool , but there are very clear scientific studies that show that this “gateway drug” has had enormous, positive effects on people with certain health ailments. I hope that cannibis oil will be legalized as I have seen many people who have benefited from this. I think perhaps that drinking and driving etc should be more of an issue in my opinion.

      • brazzo

        May 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        Could you site these “Clear Scientific evidence”? Let me guess from the university of Mississippi? Or some politicians? I guess everyone using Pot Is abusing other drugs? I don’t see it happening in real life. What I Do see are the drug dealers who sell pot pushing other drugs on their clients, now there is your gateway.

  19. Linda walker

    April 24, 2015 at 9:42 am

    He has investments in pharmaceutical.if u try to prohibit booze (that causes more harm than good)the people will oust you anyway. but pot? It helps many. Not hurts them. Why would u want to continue to hurt make others suffer for your ignorance.

  20. Angie

    April 24, 2015 at 9:35 am

    One word Asshole

  21. Kim Paddock

    April 24, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Chris Christie is off of my list as a viable candidate. He was anyway but this seals the deal. He doesn’t have an original thought of his own and is mouthing the same old lies that we are all sick of hearing. Cannabis flows across all state borders and has hurt nobody. I know of NOBODY who sells cannabis AND any of the truely dangerous drugs that this idiot claims that cannabis is a “gateway” drug to. There is not one single death that can be contributed to cannabis in the 8,000 or so years that it has been in existence. It is the safest alternative to ANY of the “legal” medications on the market, two of which killed my sister and which there were lawsuits over. If Christie claims to be a Christian he’s lying about that too. See: Kaneh-Basn in the old testament of the Bible.

  22. Roy

    April 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    This fat fuck needs 2 be more concerned with his weight. We good in Colorado.

  23. Dan

    April 24, 2015 at 7:31 am

    What this fat man needs to do is shut his mouth and stop getting more fatter………..

  24. Taralya

    April 24, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Chris Christie is making sure he will not be elected by making that comment!

  25. you don't need to know

    April 24, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Your fucked chris christie, no one will vote for you. Your a bad govern and how bout making alcohol illegal? That’s a gateway drug to cigs and other drugs. People drink and drive and that’s okay but marijuana isnt??

  26. Paul

    April 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Chris Christie is a fat asshole.End of story!

  27. aron kay

    April 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Pot is an herb ! Christie is a dope !

  28. James Lores

    April 23, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    This guys sounds like someone from the 1930,s who just watched ” Reefer Madness “….is he for real ? His backwards belief about Cannabis and his harsh stance against states rights and his Ignorance will earn him nothing and that is just fine with me…Join the 20th Century Governor…Duh !

    • Cory

      April 24, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      21st century

  29. Jodi

    April 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I wonder if he drinks alcohol. Even socially or on special occasions. As an ER, Trauma and ICU nurse for years, I have seen horrible outcomes from alcohol. From every drug EXCEPT marijuana! Ridiculous! I pray that nobody with that kind of close minded ignorance is never, ever elected into the presidential office of this country.

  30. Belinda Dearing

    April 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    After all the medical records show how much it helps with those of us that are in pain, suffering from so many health problems. He would rather us be taking this or that experimental drug that in the long run can or would kill us? Marijuana has been on this earth since the beginning of time. Been used just as long. He will not ever get the people’s votes that need the use of Marijuana.

    • Littlejoe Altman

      April 27, 2015 at 10:15 am

      That’s correct he would rather have us addicted to some pill that we won’t be able to stop taking without the consequence of going through heavy withdrawal this allows the drug companies to keep making more and more money and the drug companies are happy I’m sure he’ll be happy with his pockets nice and fat

  31. Janet Benson

    April 23, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I personally smoke because I have an anxiety disorderly from PTSD. I took prescription meds for it they caused me to have reactions like stop breath. My seizure disorder can back because I wouldn’t take any more prescription. I now am healthy and coping because of pot. Please do not take this away from me.

    • Kim Paddock

      April 24, 2015 at 9:35 am

      You and me both. My PTSD is GONE. It works, it’s safe, and it’s abundant. Research is being done on cannabis and PTSD using the ability of the plant to help one “forget” certain traumas that cause PTSD. Science is hopeful in targeting particular areas of the brain using specific cannabis strains to help fight this terrible condition.

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