Christie says he’d prosecute states with legalized marijuana

Less then a week after TheĀ House of Representatives voted to leave states with legalized medical marijuana alone, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) reiterated his stance on the issue in an interview on “Face the Nation” Sunday.

When asked by interviewer John Dickerson, “If you were president would you return to federal prosecutions…in Colorado, Washington?”, the potential 2016 Republican contender simply responded “Yes.”

Following up, Dickerson asked “So, if somebody’s enjoying that now in their state…that’s getting turned off?”, Christie again responded with a one word answer, “Correct.”

This isn’t the first time Christie has spoken publicly on how the federal government should treat states with legalized marijuana.

In April, the New Jersey Governor, whose state allows the medical use of marijuana for patients who are terminally ill, said he would, “crack down and not permit”, the recreational use of marijuana”, because it’s illegal under federal law and America has an “enormous addiction problem”.

During that same interview in April, the Governor ramped up the drug-war rhetoric even further, saying that as president an anti-legalization message would be sent “from the White House on down through federal law enforcement.”

While Christie has mostly been critical of full-on legalization of marijuana since becoming a 2016 presidential contender, he also previously called medical marijuana a “front” for legitimizing its recreational use.

Such an anti-drug stance from Christie is hardly surprising given his background as a U.S. federal prosecutor, a role in which he served for seven years during George W. Bush’s tenure as president.

According to the latest polls from Gallup and Pew Research, a majority of Americans now favor across-the-board legalization of marijuana, ranging from 53-58% support.

Only 39% of Republican voters agree with legalization efforts, 54% of those same Republicans say that the federal government should not prosecute states (currently Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) which have already legalized recreational use of the drug.

 

[NJ.com] [Huffington Post]