New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has criticized Colorado for its growing number of head shops and visitors flying in "just to get high" while vowing that he will never support the legalization of marijuana in his state.
During his monthly radio show on 101.5-FM Monday night, Christie said the recent study in the Journal of Neuroscience about the negative effects of pot use has fueled his stance against approving it like Colorado and California.
His comments came after a New Jersey resident called in to say that the legislative approval of pot was just a matter of time because of the income and the jobs it could provide the Garden State.
But the Republican governor said, "Let me just stop you right there. You say it's going to come down the road. You know when it may come down the road? When I'm gone."
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"I am not going to be the governor who is going to tell our children and our young adults that marijuana use is OK. Because it's not. I don't care about the tax money that may come from it."
The governor continued, "Go to Colorado, and see if you want to live there. See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado, where there are head shops popping up on every corner, and people flying into your airport just to get high.
"To me, it's not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey. And there's no tax revenue that's worth that."
The Star-Ledger reported
that Christie noted that a study published this month in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that young people who use recreational amounts of marijuana are damaging their brain.
Researchers said that occasional pot use makes a person
more vulnerable to drug addiction while also changing their thought processes and emotions in unknown ways.
Last month, Democratic state Sen. Nicholas Scutari introduced a bill similar to one that passed in Colorado that would allow the growth, possession, and sale of recreational marijuana in New Jersey. He said that it would reduce the illegal pot trade and bolster the state’s coffers.
But earlier this month, Christie said he was vehemently opposed to legalization "on my watch," The Star-Ledger reported.
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