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Marijuana: New Jersey's Chris Christie doesn't want his state to go to pot like Colorado

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Chris Christie.
A lot of people, especially in these parts, might think New Jersey would be vastly improved if it became more like Colorado. But not New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, at least as far as marijuana is concerned.

According to a just-published column, he's gone on record as saying he doesn't want NJ to go to pot like Colorado has.

In the Edison/ Metuchen Sentinel's "Christie Will Save New Jersey from Turning Into Colorado," Greg Bean notes that the New Jersey Assembly has voted to "decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana," making possession of fifteen grams or less of weed a civil fine of between $150 and $500 rather than a criminal penalty.

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Bean expects this bill to sail through the New Jersey Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, but die on the desk of Christie, who's already said he'll veto it. He adds that Christie has also argued that "decriminalization would somehow weaken the state's medical marijuana program -- which his administration has been accused of sabotaging since it became law over two years ago." Moreover, Bean writes, Christie "also said that he doesn't want New Jersey to become like Colorado and California, where decriminalization had led to de facto legalization."

If that were true, the folks pushing Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, could take the next few months off rather than creating a billboard featuring proposal-supporter Pat Robertson.

Yet Bean thinks Christie has a "fraction of a valid point." According to him, "It's common knowledge that smoking pot not only leads to the consumption of unhealthy foods, like cherry cheesecake in bulk, but to the listening to, and singing along with, anthemic music.

"Still," he goes on, "it's a bit of an overreaction to veto the decriminalization bill simply to prevent New Jersey potheads from singing John Denver songs at the Short Hills Mall, even though that would obviously constitute aggressive, antisocial behavior."

Wish I could disagree with that last characterization -- but I'll take New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen over JD any day. Hope that makes you feel better, Governor.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana measures in Oregon, Washington won't hurt Colorado campaign, advocate says."


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Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Will you ever learn to spell "ridiculous" correctly?

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Oh so you are the morals police.  Hey I'm gonna smoke a big phat bowl RIGHT NOW and that will affect you how?

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Alcohol is not a soft drug, it is HIGHLY addictive and HIGHLY intoxicating and a DEPRESSANT with KNOWN LONG TERM HEALTH EFFECTS. - truth

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Why is it a bad idea for kids to get hold of pot?  What is pot anyway?  Christie cannot veto a law that the previous governor signed into law.  Does it hurt to be so stupid?

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Why would the label be spelled?

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

If it was good enough for Catherine the Great, why not?

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Your post seems confused. Donkey Hotay is intended to be Don Quixote a character in the only well-known Spanish novel "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha".  Our Westword (and other Discus enabled forums) poster Donkey Hotay is actually a lonely man named Greg Middlesworth who lives in Wyoming and runs a website called AmKon.net.

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Lonely old man in Wyoming = Greg

Guestneedstogofuqhimself
Guestneedstogofuqhimself

They should not allow the learning disabled access to message boards. Time for cookies and juice, fuqnuts: put down the keyboard and go take a nap.

DonkeyKicker
DonkeyKicker

Sigh, yet again another personal attack. Welcome to donkeys entire repertoire of argumentative tactics - fallacies.

DonkeyKicker
DonkeyKicker

As I have said before, when people insult they are expressing their own inadequacies. From this one can easily say that clearly, you, Ass, have failed a lot in life.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

I didn't notice that. Show us again how you rarely respond to guest's posts.

Ass Kicker
Ass Kicker

haha - I am using speech recognition software, and sometimes I get lazy and forget to say the punctuation.  :)

Guest
Guest

After reading your posts and all others it is clear your personal motives and likely experience with cannabis. You got stoned years ago and weak  minded individual you are went where  your warped mind couldn't handle. Alcohol, cannabis. make your choice the stimulant, in some amplify the subconscious  thoughts and intentions of the individual using it. Did it make you paranoid Donkey? Make you suicidal?  Posting your own fears based on personal experience not logic or reality . For the majority of us our sub conscience minds are as stable as our conscience state. . I would bet your a bad drunk. We have all had the displeasure dealing in life with your type. I can only thank God in heaven you have the sense to prohibit the use of any stimulant making you worse than your conscience state of anger and unhappiness. Donkey how fitting a name for for a true jackass. I am a diabetic and pay close attention to my diet. It would be insane if I went on a crusade to force everyone to follow my diet. Get a life jackass.    

Tragically
Tragically

You missed a couple of hyphens and some apostrophes.  Did you go to middle school in Denver County?

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