Chris Christie: “I will crack down and not permit” states to legalize marijuana

In case you were wondering whether Chris Christie likes a big, intrusive federal government which tells both individuals and states what to do, now you know the answer: Yes. The Huffington Post reports:

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) becomes president of the United States, he said on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” Tuesday, he will “crack down” on those states that have ended prohibitions on marijuana.

When asked by Hewitt if he would enforce federal drug laws in those states that have legalized and regulated cannabis, Christie responded unequivocally.

“Absolutely,” Christie said. “I will crack down and not permit it.”

Citing an “enormous addiction problem” in the U.S., Christie, who has not yet announced a presidential run but has launched a political action committee, said that a very clear message needs to be sent “from the White House on down through federal law enforcement.”

“States should not be permitted to sell it and profit” from legalizing marijuana, he said.

Christie’s comments are made even more ridiculous by how ignorant they are: Teenagers are actually smoking less pot even as it becomes legal in more and more states, and in Portugal, decriminalizing drugs resulted in abuse rates dropping by half. The Netherlands, which likewise has far more lenient drug laws than the United States, has significantly lower rates of drug abuse than we do.

So if Christie is actually concerned about this mythical “enormous addiction problem,” he should back legalization efforts at the state and federal level.

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