The people, the incoming governor, and many lawmakers in New Jersey are pretty into legalizing marijuana in their state. Soon-to-be Governor Phil Murphy has vowed to pass a legalization bill, the state senate has already drafted a bill, and 59 percent of residents say they support the move, according to a September Quinnipiac University poll.
So it looks like things may be set to go once Miller comes into office this January. Unless, of course, the Garden State takes a little time to listen to some wisdom from one of the nation’s great sages, the state’s current governor, Chris Christie.
“It’s blood money. It’s disgraceful and it’s disgusting,” the soon-to-be-jobless Christie said last week on a call-in show, as reported by the Associated Press.
Now, just because Christie will no longer be an elected official soon doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to him. And just because earlier this year he was found in a poll to be the least popular governor in the entire nation doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to him. And just because he was tied to a corruption scandal while he was running for president doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to him.
Because Christie’s opinion actually does have some weight here. He is, for some reason, chairman of President Donald Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. So he’s pretty up to speed on how legal drugs work in the country. That’s how he knows that legalizing marijuana could lead to a crisis on par with the opioid epidemic that causes 30,000 deaths per year.
“There is a lack of sophisticated outcome data on dose, potency, and abuse potential for marijuana,” Christie wrote in a commission report last month. “This mirrors the lack of data in the 1990’s [sic] and early 2000’s [sic] when opioid prescribing multiplied across health care settings and led to the current epidemic of abuse, misuse and addiction. The Commission urges that the same mistake is not made with the uninformed rush to put another drug legally on the market in the midst of an overdose epidemic.”
Despite calls for sanity from that dude who did this and this, New Jerseyan lawmakers still plan to go ahead with their legalization plan in the new year. One promising proposed bill would allow those 21 and over to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana-infused products in solids, 72 ounces in liquid form and 7 grams of concentrate, but prohibit home cultivation.
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