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.