Governor Christie Officially Announces He Would Veto Marijuana Decriminalization In New Jersey

 by lucy

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced on Friday that he would veto a measure to decriminalize marijuana in the state.  This is the first time Gov. Christie has commented publicly on the matter, and he shared this at a town hall event in Readington, NJ.

The governor explained that decriminalizing marijuana in the state would be counter intuitive, given that the state is currently working on implementing a strict and regulated medical marijuana system for ill patients.  He believes that decriminalizing marijuana would diminish the goals and legitimacy of the medical marijuana program.

In addition, Gov. Christie stated that he did not want to go against federal drug laws, which state that marijuana is illegal.

Last month, an Assembly panel voted unanimously to approve a measure that would decriminalize up to 15 grams of marijuana, making it a civil offense rather than a criminal offense.

A vote by the full Assembly was postponed in order to draft amendments.  If Governor Christie does veto the bill, should it make it to his desk, state legislators will have the opportunity to override his veto through a vote.

 

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    alienbiker99 said on Jun 23, 2012

    he's such a tool.

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    spellcheck said on Jun 23, 2012

    and he doesnt work well. so hes a useless tool that needs to be thrown out.
    and he doesnt make much sense; "…the state is currently working on implementing a strict and regulated medical marijuana system…Gov. Christie stated that he did not want to go against federal drug laws…"
    cmon!

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    DoubledieselDylan said on Jun 23, 2012

    He's just talking out his ass, hopefully they can get it passed without his approval. Whatever excuse subdues the media and reaches his contingincy.

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    alienbiker99 said on Jun 24, 2012

    the medical marijuana bill was put in before he started his term. its like he doesn't even want to deal with it and wants to pass it on to the next guy. ignorance.

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    Elvers said on Jun 24, 2012

    Rich N. dabs you just hit the nail on the head,!!!! remind you of anyone in particular ???!! Bush to pass it to Obama!!!! Blame it on the next guy!!!!!!

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    Elvers said on Jun 24, 2012

    that's the way it has become in politics 72 on it's gotten nastier and that's too bad for us and the country. I just saw something I hope it's just republican bull shit !!! but one of the net work em's are talking civil war and what home land security are stock piling ammunition and tanks gun and having Russian, Chinese,German police forces from around the globe to start an up rising and hoping some luney toone from out of nowhere will come out of the woodwork and believe the crap that's coming over the air waves!!

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