Why Chris Christie Being Trump’s Drug Czar Doesn’t Really Matter

Recent media reports indicate that President Donald Trump is considering New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the next U.S. Drug Czar. Here’s why that doesn’t really matter.

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According to reports, Donald Trump recently had lunch with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and is potentially considering him to become the nation’s Drug Czar, which is the informal title given to the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Given Christie’s undeniable history of opposing drug and cannabis law reform – even for medical use – the cannabis community quickly went into a bit of a panic at this possibility. However, this panic is relatively unfounded, given that the position would be essentially the same regardless of who took the role.

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Governor Chris Christie Calls Marijuana Tax Revenue ‘Blood Money’

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Like some mythically drug-induced flashback, Gov. Chris Christie is apparently still mired in his trippy alternative reality. During his Monday night radio show – where he’s allowed to write his fictional narrative – Christie professed to be “damn” proud to be the last man standing in defense of the Garden State, according to NJ.com.

“To me, legalization of marijuana for tax purposes – and that is the only way people justify it – is blood money.”

Ignoring the reduced crime rates associated with legalization, as well as lives saved, Gov. Christie justified his ill-conceived position to a caller by invoking the ‘Gateway’ argument:

“I have watched too many kids start their addiction to alcohol and marijuana and then move on to much more serious drugs. Every study shows marijuana is a gateway drug. And every study shows it causes damage.”

Dead wrong, and purportedly protecting his constituents from the evil stain of recreational marijuana revenue, Gov. Christie has simultaneously been entrenched in a heated battle to supersede the federal government and bring legal sports gambling to the Garden State.

 

 

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Petition: Tell Chris Christie to Sign Bill Adding PTSD as Medical Cannabis Condition

chris christieOn August 1st New Jersey’s full legislature gave approval to Assembly Bill 457 which would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. The vote in the Senate was 29 to 9; the vote in the Assembly was 56 to 13.

Now, the measure sits on the desk of Governor Chris Christie, who has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it.

We have started a petition calling on Governor Christie to quickly sign the measure into law, which would allow those with PTSD to use a medicine that research has continued to show is beneficial.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Signs Medical Marijuana School Access Bill Into Law

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is also a Republican presidential candidate.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a bill that would allow medical cannabis to be legally administered to qualified adolescent patients while they’re attending school under certain circumstances.

The Medical Marijuana School Access Bill, which goes into effect immediately, requires schools and facilities that provide services to kids with disabilities to adopt policies to allow administration of non-smokable forms of medical cannabis to qualified patients while on school or facility ground.

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A Breakdown of Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Cannabis

By Tom Angell, Marijuana.com

marijuanawhitehouseThe 2016 presidential field is taking shape, and many of the candidates are weighing in on the debate about marijuana.

Here’s a roundup of what the declared candidates have said about cannabis policy, as well as what they’ve admitted about their own marijuana consumption.

This post will be updated as candidates continue to address the issue. All candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

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Chris Christie: ‘I’m Not Opposed to Medical Marijuana’

medmarDuring the September 16th CNN republican presidential debate, the issue of cannabis law reform came up, which host Jake Tapper called “one of the hottest questions” received by CNN from viewers.

Senator Rand Paul began the debate on the subject by stating, “What the American people don’t like about politics is the hypocrisy”, pointing to he fact that at least one of the candidates on stage has admitted to using cannabis in the past.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, knowing Paul was talking about him, said that “40 years ago I smoked marijuana… I am sure that other people might have done it… and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people. My mom’s not happy that I just did.”

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World’s Largest Cannabis Organization Names ‘Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers’

mpplogoEarlier this week the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) released its annual list of the “Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers” in the United States, with President Barack Obama topping the list.

The list is available below and by clicking here.

“About one out of every two Americans has used marijuana, including a whole lot of very successful people,” said Mason Tvert, MPP’s director of communications. “There are a lot more out there that we don’t know about because it is illegal. Marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol. Adults who use it responsibly should not have to choose between keeping it a secret or admitting to a crime.”

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Presidential Candidate Chris Christie Says Drug War Is A ‘Failure’

By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers remarks and answers questions at the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan, public policy think tank, July 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Christie, whose name has been mentioned among possible GOP vice presidential choices, talked about his self-described "New Jersey Comback," and a fiscal record "...including three balanced budgets, a two-percent hard cap on property taxes and landmark pension and health benefits reform."  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Monday that the war on drugs has been a “failure” — even though he has vowed to enact a federal crackdown on marijuana, a substance that has been a primary target of the drug war for decades.

“This is a disease and the war on drugs has been a failure — well-intentioned, but a failure,” Christie said at a presidential forum in New Hampshire on Monday. He went on to say that the country should “embrace” people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, offering them a chance at rehabilitation rather than incarceration.

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Nation’s Largest Cannabis Policy Organization Launches Voter Guide to 2016 Presidential Race

Rand Paul earns the top spot on the list of 22 presidential hopefuls graded by the Marijuana Policy Project; Chris Christie and Rick Santorum receive lowest grades

presidentThe Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the nation’s largest organization working to change cannabis laws, has launched a voter guide to the 2016 presidential race, detailing the candidates’ positions on cannabis policy and assigning them grades based on where they stand.

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New Jersey Committee Approves Hemp Legalization

The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee has quietly approved a proposal to legalize hemp in the state; the measure, which has alreadyhempfield been approved by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, now awaits a full Assembly vote before heading to the Senate.

If the measure – Assembly Bill 2415 – is approved into law, those wishing to cultivate industrial hemp in New Jersey would be authorized to do so once they receive a state-issued license. According to advocates, the measure would bring forth numerous jobs to the state, and would allow residents to take part in a rapidly growing industry.

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