A freshman Republican congressman on Thursday condemned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for “outrageous” statements he made comparing medical cannabis legalization efforts to the origins of the current opioid epidemic.

“It is shortsighted, it is inaccurate and it is indefensible to suggest that the proliferation of medical cannabis — that is saving lives and improving quality of life for people — somehow is analogous to the plague of the opioid crisis,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said at a press conference organized by the American Legion, which is calling for legalization and research of medical marijuana for U.S. military veterans.

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