At the recent Republican Debate, New Jersey Governor Chis Christie changed his stance on medical marijuana and claimed:
“In New Jersey, we have medical marijuana laws, which I supported and implemented. … I’m not against medical marijuana. We do it in New Jersey. But I’m against the recreational use of marijuana.”
He has called medicinal marijuana in his state a “front,” and has vowed not to legalize recreational use of the drug.
New Jersey has one of the strictest medical marijuana programs in the country, Gov. Christie has often publicly and openly decried the legalization of marijuana, referencing it as “a gateway drug.” Most recently on Face The Nation, when he was asked if he would return federal prosecution of marijuana in states where it is legal.
Chris Christie, a career politician who seems to change his opinion in order to further his agenda, can’t escape the fact that he has often come out against cannabis. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta did an interview with N.J.’s medical marijuana patients, some of whom, to escape the red tape to obtain their medicine, escape to other states where medical cannabis is legal.
At a recent event in Newton, Iowa, cannabis nurse and Gulf War veteran Shelly Van Winkle asked the Governor how he would implement states’ rights to legalize medicinal marijuana with the fact that federal law still considers marijuana a Schedule 1 drug. Would he do anything to address the confusion?
The exchange quickly got heated, watch it here in it’s entirety:
Christie argued that as president, he wouldn’t have the ability to change the medical marijuana laws. Instead, he said, he would need an act of Congress to change the laws.
He then went on to say that Van Winkle wasn’t really looking for an answer to her question, but trying to “smear” him on the internet,
“Listen, do you want an answer? Or do you want to continue to video me, so that you can use that and put it on the internet? Because that’s what this is about. And I’ve had this done to me in other states as well.”
Gov. Chris Christie can’t escape what’s on the internet, google searches of “chris christie and marijuana, revel hundreds of pages reveling his true intent. “Christie said he would reverse that guidance and direct prosecutors to go after states that allow for legal recreational use. He has called medicinal marijuana in his state a “front,” and has vowed not to legalize recreational use of the drug.
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