New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had a rough 2016.
First he was trounced in the Republican primary. Then, after months of stumping for Trump, his hopes of a cabinet position in the new administration were unceremoniously dashed. Oh, and that whole Bridgegate mess. Maybe, just maybe, the constant trouncing will be enough to make the governor reconsider his stance on marijuana?
Nope. In his recent State of the State address he made another impassioned plea against legalization.
But that was nothing compared to his tirade on a radio show late last fall.
On his "Ask The Governor" radio show on New Jersey 101.5, Gov. Christie fielded a call from a listener about marijuana tax revenues. What follows is a greatest hits collection of marijuana misinformation. See how far you get before your blood begins to boil:
For Gov. Christie, tax revenue from legal, regulated marijuana is “blood money", and cannabis itself is "poison". He says that "every study shows that marijuana is a gateway drug" (it's not) and "studies have shown that marijuana causes damage" (though he doesn't say to what - perhaps the black market?). And, he asks, if we legalize cannabis, "how about we legalize heroin?" Right.
Yes, it's a regular checklist of marijuana myths. He even asks you to please, think of the children:
"There is nothing that we spend in government that’s important enough to allow me to willfully poison our children for that money," says Christie.
He doesn't bring up the fact that medical cannabis is a crucial, life-improving drug for some children - in fact, he doesn't mention medical marijuana at all. It's worth noting that on the subject of climate change - something that could actually poison children and destroy their quality of life down the road - Christie "[doesn't] see evidence that it’s a crisis.”
It's been a while since we've heard such flagrantly prohibitionist rhetoric. But as Gov. Christie says, "you’re damn right i’m the only impediment." 2018 can't come fast enough.