New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also shares the role as chairman of President Trump’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. He also happens to be adamantly opposed to the legalization of medical marijuana. He’s voiced his opinion on the matter more times than one, calling supporters of marijuana legalization “crazy liberals” who want to “poison our kids.”
Christie Believes Marijuana as Dangerous as Heroin
He’s referred to marijuana tax income as “blood money” and has compared cannabis to heroin on several occasions. He’s claimed that teenagers who use marijuana are 10 times more likely to become heroin addicts by the age of 24. Never mind he didn’t have any evidence to back it up.
Backed by a mentality reminiscent of Reefer Madness days, Christie has also been quoted as referring to medical marijuana as “poison.” To him, it’s still the gateway drug, and he believes legalizing marijuana is on par with legalizing heroin and other dangerous drugs.
“Then why not legalize heroin?” Christie said earlier this year. “I mean, their argument fails just on that basis. Let’s legalize cocaine. Let’s legalize heroin. Let’s legalize angel dust. Let’s legalize all of it. What’s the difference?”
People in Support of Pot Outraged Over Christie’s Comments
Florida Republican Matt Gaetz has had enough. He slammed Christie at a press conference last week held by the American Legion. The conference called for more research into the benefits of medical marijuana for US vets. Gaetz criticized Christie for “outrageous” claims he made about efforts made to legalize marijuana being responsible for the 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,” said Gaetz, “is somehow is analogous to the plague of the opioid crisis.”
Christie’s Letter to President Trump Denies There is Any Medical Benefit of Marijuana in Helping the Opioid Crisis
In a letter addressed to President Trump Nov.1, Christie chose to ignore the growing body of evidence that suggests medical marijuana could be a solution to the opioid epidemic. He instead chose to cite one study that implies the opposite.
“The Commission acknowledges that there is an active movement to promote the use of marijuana as an alternative medication for chronic pain and as a treatment for opioid addiction. Recent research out of the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse found that marijuana use led to a 2 ½ times greater chance that the marijuana user would become an opioid user and abuser. The Commission found this very disturbing.”
Although Christie stands firmly against marijuana legalization and is intent on keeping the “war on weed” alive and well, others are taking a firm stance against his archaic views on cannabis. Republicans like Gaetz however, are prepared to fight the fight.