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Christie: No Support for Legalizing Pot

By    |   Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 06:59 AM

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie once again made it clear he opposes decriminalizing recreational pot at a town hall meeting in Fairfield, The Star-Ledger reported.

Christie's longstanding opposition to decriminalization stems from his conviction that it sends "the wrong message" to children. Proponents of legalization say that regulating the sale of recreational marijuana would provide a fresh source of tax income.

A bill to decriminalize pot was introduced by Democratic State Sen. Nicholas Scutari. He said, "It's time to update our archaic drug laws and get real about the detrimental effects they are having on the lives of residents here in New Jersey," according to the Ledger.

"There are bills in the legislature to legalize marijuana, and people want to decriminalize marijuana," said Christie. "I'm not going to do that on my watch. I don't think it's the right thing to do."

New Jersey voters are divided on the issue, polls show. A Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll has some 48 percent of those surveyed supporting decriminalization while 47 percent are against it, the Ledger reported.

With Christie's backing, medical marijuana is permitted in New Jersey. He signed a bill into law to make cannabis available to sick children under doctor's supervision. The governor made it clear that he has no intention of taking any further steps on medical marijuana.

Christie told the town hall meeting that as long and he is governor there would be no decriminalization of marijuana for recreational use. "If you want that to happen, you're going to have to elect a different governor."

In his inauguration address in January, the Republican said he aimed to reform New Jersey's drug sentencing policies, and wanted to expand drug rehabilitation programs for non-violent offenders.

Two states, Colorado and Washington have decriminalized recreational marijuana. Twenty states permit the use of medical marijuana under doctor's supervision.

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