Chris Christie Calls Marijuana Taxes 'Blood Money'

Earlier this month, New Jersey voters elected Democrat Phil Murphy to take over as the state's governor. One of Murphy's biggest promises was for legalizing marijuana within 100 days of taking office. And while voters seemed to love the idea, there's one person who is not thrilled about it: current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

In a radio interview taken last week, Christie referred to proposals to legalize recreational marijuana as "blood money."

“It’s blood money. It’s disgraceful and it’s disgusting,” Christie said.

Of course, the actual "blood" comes from violence related to dealing illegal drugs, which would be prevented by legalizing recreational marijuana. 

But Christie does not have a track record of being rational when it comes to marijuana. Last month, he stated officially as head of President Donald Trump's anti-opioid task force that cannabis is not a viable alternative to prescription painkillers. In reality, states with legalized medical marijuana have lower rates of opioid abuse than those where it is entirely illegal.

Unfortunately for Christie, his opinion will no longer matter in New Jersey starting on January 16th. And considering 59 percent of the state's residents support marijuana legalization, it will be hard to imagine we'll need to wait much longer before the "blood money" starts rolling in.

(h/t Cannabist)

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After making progress on marijuana reform, the legalization movement has stalled in two New England states. Cannabis became legal in Vermont last July, but state lawmakers did not put a regulated market for marijuana in place at that time. So while adults in Vermont can possess, grow and consume cannabis, they can't buy it legally.

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