Drug Legalization

Chris Christie Opposes Pot Legalization Because He Doesn't Want New Small Businesses or Tourists in His State


Last night on his radio show, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wanted to make sure everyone knew he really, really doesn't think it's cool to legalize marijuana and that not even "casual use" is OK. After all, think of the potential consequences! 

"Go to Colorado and see if you want to live there," the governor said. "See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado, where there are headshops popping up on every corner, and people flying into your airport just to get high.

No siree. Wouldn't want new small businesses opening up or tourists coming to your state. That would be terrible.

He added:

"To me, it's not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey," he added. "And here's no tax revenue that's worth that.

He could have stopped before the last three words.

The governor has also said that he's worried about the "profit motive" sneaking into his state if a recent bill submitted in the state legislature to legalize possession of marijuana of up to an ounce passes. He famously dragged his feet on much needed liberalization of medical marijuana in the state as well, as this Reason TV video shows: