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Chris Christie Says Marijuana Legalizers Want to 'Poison Our Kids' for 'Blood Money'

New Jersey's governor also worries that the government might eventually "let everybody choose."

Office of the GovernorOffice of the Governor"Let's legalize cocaine," Chris Christie suggested in a speech on Monday. "Let's legalize heroin. Let's legalize angel dust. Let's legalize all of it. What's the difference? Let everybody choose." Hear, hear.

No, New Jersey's governor, who as a Republican presidential candidate in 2015 promised to "crack down and not permit" marijuana legalization, has not had a change of heart. He was trying to show how dangerous repealing pot prohibition is by suggesting that similar arguments would favor legalization of other psychoactive substances, an idea he deems self-evidently absurd. It is a rhetorical strategy he has used before, and it falls flat for two reasons.

First, as a political matter, support for legalizing marijuana plainly does not translate into support for legalizing other drugs. Surveys indicate that most Americans think marijuana should be legal, while only a small minority thinks heroin or cocaine should be legal. People tend to take the view that marijuana is one thing, while heroin is another, drawing distinctions based on addictive potential, health hazards, and social consequences. Such distinctions are exaggerated, confused (conflating the effects of heroin with the effects of prohibition, for example), and ultimately irrelevant for anyone who believes individuals should be sovereign over their own bodies and minds.

Chris Christie obviously does not believe that, but he does not even attempt to explain why, or to grapple with the libertarian perspective, which is the second reason his slippery slope argument fails. For him, suggesting that advocates of marijuana legalization are driven by libertarian impulses is enough to discredit them and their cause. As he put it, "their argument fails just on that basis." Because every fiber of Christie's authoritarian being rebels at the notion that the government might "let everybody choose," he assumes that reaction is universal.

Even as he argues that advocates of marijuana legalization are pushing a principle that logically leads to heroin legalization, Christie says it's really all about the money. "This is the part that liberals love the most: We can tax it," Christie said. "Sweet Jesus, we can tax it! More money for us!" As he has done before, Christie referred to marijuana tax revenue as "blood money," saying "crazy liberals" who support legalization are willing to "poison our kids" in exchange for another $300 million or so a year, which he desribed as "a rounding error" in New Jersey's $35.5 billion budget.

By the same logic, Christie himself is sacrificing children for the sake of a little extra revenue, since he is happy to spend the $100 million or so raised by his state's taxes on alcoholic beverages each year, not to mention the $150 million generated by New Jersey's cigarette tax. In fact, since alcohol and tobacco are much deadlier than marijuana, this money has even more blood on it.

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  • Shirley Knott||

    Of all the failed clones of Jabba the Hutt, Christie may be the most disgusting.
    The man simply never fails to offend.

  • Libertarian||

    "Even as he argues that advocates of marijuana legalization are pushing a principle that logically leads to heroin legalization, . . . "

    You mean we aren't?

  • rudehost||

    Ignoring the fact that he is pushing a principal that leads to gulags and mass murder.

  • Buzzby||

    No. We're not.

    We're advocating legalization of a substance far less damaging than already-legal alcohol and tobacco. 90% of Americans are in favor of legal medical marijuana. Over 60% are in favor of legal recreational marijuana. By contrast, no more than 2% of Americans are in favor of legalizing all drugs. That's made up of hard-core Libertarians and people already using these drugs. Christie's argument is a last-resort strawman being thrown up by a desperate prohibitionist.

  • simplybe||

    Chris Christie is fat loudmouth wannabe dictator who has openly stated on more than one occasion that he doesn't give a damn what the majority of the citizens want. That he knows what is best for everyone. So why would you people even waste time or ink writing about that pimple on a rich man's ass

  • Inigo Montoya||

    "Let's legalize all of it. What's the difference? Let everybody choose."

    Holy crap! Christie finally said something I agree with! I laughed when the Pope recently lamented that libertarians are now everywhere, taking over in elite circles and academia. But if even a giant statist douche like Christie is coming around to liberty, maybe it's true!

  • Buzzby||

    He was employing sarcasm. Just in case you don't understand the concept:

    sarcasm |ˈsärˌkazəm|
    noun
    the use of irony to mock or convey contempt

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Christ, what an asshole.

  • jack sprat||

    Luckily this complete POS is going to fall out of sight of the rest of us. Please do not prolong this process by giving him any attention.

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    When is this guy's term up? When can we stop hearing about his brain farts?

  • Duncan20903||

    I'm wondering, has anyone calculated how much money the NJ taxpayers will save on food costs after his term ends on January 16, 2018?

  • Duncan20903||

    I'm wondering, are there any estimates of how much money the NJ taxpayers will save when his term ends on January 16, 2018?

  • μ Aggressor||

    Unfortunately he's been appointed as some kind of opiate "czar" to try to curb opiate epidemic by the trump admin. Which he will breathtakingly fail at because the way towards less death by opiates is in part the substitution with kratom and cannabis, which is apostasy for him

  • Duncan20903||

    Anyone who is unable to differentiate between heroin/crack/meth and cannabis is in desperate need of a check up from the neck up.

  • Glide||

    Christie makes a pretty persuasive argument to treat marijuana like heroin.

    It actually works in his favor because his logic is much sounder in principle than the logic of someone who thinks putting a barely bad substance in your body of your own free will is worthy of government blessing but putting a more bad substance is something demanding government crackdown.

    So he converts a few hypocrites into semi-logical thinkers, and then the question for those people is "should the government prevent you from harming yourself, whether in small or big ways"? The affirmative answer to that question has had 90+% approval rating in America for a century, if not more. Christie wins.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    Except he gets tripped up by things like the failure of alcohol prohibition, and the legality of tobacco products. Both of which are far more harmful.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    I'm significantly more conservative than fat boy will ever be, and I'm pro canna. But then, I'm not some statist, power hungry Jabba come lately RINO either.

  • ChipToBeSquare||

    Just another reminder how bad the Republican field was last year

  • b4integrity||

    Chris Christie is soft on drugs and has surrendered to the tobacco & alcohol drug lords.

    Tobacco & alcohol are the two most deadly & dangerous of ALL drugs.

    More people die from tobacco drug use (~480,000 tobacco drug deaths/yr in the US) than die from the summation of the drug deaths from the use of ALL other drugs, including alcohol, combined!

    Tobacco & alcohol meet the definitions of schedule I & II controlled substances in the CSA, but are unconstitutionally exempt from the CSA [21 U.S.C. § 802(6)], which makes the two most deadly & dangerous of ALL drugs uncontrolled substances.

    Both tobacco & alcohol are more deadly drugs than: heroin; PCP (angel dust); cocaine; et. al.

    Tobacco & alcohol, being the two most deadly & dangerous of ALL drugs, are more deadly & dangerous than any other drug.

  • b4integrity||

    Part 1

    Do you think President* Trump and AG* Sessions are deliberately refusing to answer my March communication to each of them about tobacco & alcohol and the CSA?

    https://tinyurl.com/doj-webform

    9:08 AM, Friday

    2017Mar17

    Attorney General Sessions:

    The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) states:
    "The Congress makes the following findings and declarations:
    (1) The Congress has long recognized the danger involved in the manufacture, distribution, and use of certain psychotropic substances for nonscientific and nonmedical purposes, and has provided strong and effective legislation to control illicit trafficking and to regulate legitimate uses of psychotropic substances in this country. Abuse of psychotropic substances has become a phenomenon common to many countries, however, and is not confined to national borders. It is, therefore, essential that the United States cooperate with other nations in establishing effective controls over international traffic in such substances."
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/21/801a

  • b4integrity||

    Part 2

    Tobacco & alcohol are psychotropic (mood-altering) substances, affecting mental activity, behavior, or perception when ingested.
    Tobacco & alcohol are the two most deadly & dangerous of all drugs.
    Tobacco drug use accounts for more drug deaths (~480,000 tobacco drug deaths/year) than the summation of the drug deaths from the use of all other drugs, including alcohol, combined!

    Are there any scientific and/or medical purposes for the use of the psychotropic substances tobacco & alcohol? If there are, what are the scientific & medical purposes for the use of tobacco & alcohol?
    What are the legitimate uses of the psychotropic substances, tobacco & alcohol, in this country?
    What is(are) the reason(s) that tobacco & alcohol are exempt from the CSA [21 U.S.C. § 802(6)]?

    Why haven't you called for Congress to either:
    1) Repeal the exemptions of tobacco & alcohol from the CSA and classify tobacco as the schedule I controlled substance it is by definition, and alcohol as the schedule II controlled substance it is by definition; or
    2) Repeal the entire CSA and abolish the DEA?

  • b4integrity||

    "People tend to take the view that marijuana is one thing, while heroin is another, drawing distinctions based on addictive potential, health hazards, and social consequences."

    Obviously "people" don't think clearly or logically.

    What is the addictive potential of tobacco? What is the addictive potential of alcohol?
    What are the health hazards of tobacco? What are the health hazards of alcohol?
    What are the social consequences of tobacco drug use? What are the social consequences of alcohol drug use?

    When these questions are answered, it is clear that tobacco & alcohol are much more deadly & dangerous drugs than heroin or cannabis.

    So why are the two most deadly & dangerous of ALL drugs, tobacco & alcohol, uncontrolled substances [21 U.S.C. § 802(6)], even though tobacco & alcohol are schedule I & II controlled substances by definition and are more deadly & dangerous than ALL other drugs, including: heroin; methamphetamine; PCP; cocaine; et. al.?

  • b4integrity||

    Part 1

    I sent the following email to the STAR-LEDGER EDITORIAL BOARD:

    2017May06

    STAR-LEDGER EDITORIAL BOARD:

    Your 2017Apr30 editorial "Forget decriminalization. Time to legalize weed"
    https://tinyurl.com/time-to-Re-legalize

    in which you called for legalization (actually, re-legalization, as cannabis was legal from 1789 through 1937) instead of decriminalization, was correct in its decision.

    In regards to terminology, I request you update your vocabulary and cease using the offensive W and M words. The correct botanical name of this marvelous non-toxic medicinal herb is "cannabis" or "cannabis hemp", not "M-word". The M-word was created by the lying government in 1937 to hide the fact that it was unconstitutionally criminalizing cannabis in its "1937 Marihuana Tax Act" (declared unconstitutional in 1969 by the Supreme Court).

    Also, a weed is "any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted". Cannabis is a highly desirable and untroubled (to any honest, rational, moral person who has integrity) plant. Cannabis is a medicinal herb, not W-word. Using the pejorative M-word or W-word is as offensive as using the N-word. Use "Herb" instead of W-word. Use "Cannabis" instead of M-word.

  • b4integrity||

    Part 2

    From an article in Politico:
    https://tinyurl.com/crazy-christie

    'Gov. Chris Christie was quoted as saying:
    Gov. Chris Christie on Monday attacked supporters of legalizing marijuana as "crazy liberals" who are willing to "poison our kids" for the tax revenue, even as he suggested the state's next governor could make the issue a top agenda item.

    "They want that blood money? Let them do it,"'

    Actually, it is Gov. Christie, the "crazy conservative", who is willing to "poison our kids" for the tax revenue from the two most deadly & dangerous of ALL drugs, tobacco & alcohol. Gov. Christie is happily taking the "blood money" of tobacco & alcohol tax revenue with no troubles from/to his conscience (if he has a conscience).

    Tobacco & alcohol are the two most deadly & dangerous of all drugs. Tobacco drug use accounts for more drug deaths (~480,000 tobacco drug deaths/year per CDC data) than the summation of the drug deaths from the use of ALL other drugs, including alcohol, combined! Tobacco & alcohol, schedule I & II controlled substances by definition in the CSA, are unconstitutionally exempt from the CSA [21 U.S.C. § 802(6)] in violation of the Equal Protection Clause, as well as in violation of common sense, rationality, honesty, integrity, liberty, justice, and morality. Because the two most deadly & dangerous of ALL drugs, tobacco & alcohol, are unconstitutionally exempt from the CSA, these hard drugs are uncontrolled substances.

  • b4integrity||

    Part 2

    From an article in Politico:
    https://tinyurl.com/crazy-christie

    'Gov. Chris Christie was quoted as saying:
    Gov. Chris Christie on Monday attacked supporters of legalizing marijuana as "crazy liberals" who are willing to "poison our kids" for the tax revenue, even as he suggested the state's next governor could make the issue a top agenda item.

    "They want that blood money? Let them do it,"'

    Actually, it is Gov. Christie, the "crazy conservative", who is willing to "poison our kids" for the tax revenue from the two most deadly & dangerous of ALL drugs, tobacco & alcohol. Gov. Christie is happily taking the "blood money" of tobacco & alcohol tax revenue with no troubles from/to his conscience (if he has a conscience).

    Tobacco & alcohol are the two most deadly & dangerous of all drugs. Tobacco drug use accounts for more drug deaths (~480,000 tobacco drug deaths/year per CDC data) than the summation of the drug deaths from the use of ALL other drugs, including alcohol, combined! Tobacco & alcohol, schedule I & II controlled substances by definition in the CSA, are unconstitutionally exempt from the CSA [21 U.S.C. § 802(6)] in violation of the Equal Protection Clause, as well as in violation of common sense, rationality, honesty, integrity, liberty, justice, and morality. Because the two most deadly & dangerous of ALL drugs, tobacco & alcohol, are unconstitutionally exempt from the CSA, these hard drugs are uncontrolled substances.

  • b4integrity||

    too bad "Reason" is not reasonable enough to allow users to delete duplicate posts.

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