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New Jersey Gov. Calls Marijuana Tax Revenue ‘Blood Money’ … again

Like some mythically drug-induced flashback, Gov. Chris Christie is apparently still mired in his trippy alternative reality. During his Monday night radio show – where he’s allowed to write his fictional narrative – Christie professed to be “damn” proud to be the last man standing in defense of the Garden State, according to NJ.com.

“To me, legalization of marijuana for tax purposes – and that is the only way people justify it – is blood money.”

Ignoring the reduced crime rates associated with legalization, as well as lives saved, Gov. Christie justified his ill-conceived position to a caller by invoking the ‘Gateway’ argument:

“I have watched too many kids start their addiction to alcohol and marijuana and then move on to much more serious drugs. Every study shows marijuana is a gateway drug. And every study shows it causes damage.”

Dead wrong, and purportedly protecting his constituents from the evil stain of recreational marijuana revenue, Gov. Christie has simultaneously been entrenched in a heated battle to supersede the federal government and bring legal sports gambling to the Garden State.

Apparently blind to his own hypocrisy, Gov. Christie boasted, “There is nothing we spend in government that is important enough to allow me to willfully poison our children. That’s blood money,” Christie eagerly bragged. “You’re damn right I am the only impediment.”

As gambling and its related addiction adversely affects 750,000 young Americans between the ages of 14 – 21, with 50% turning to crime to support their habit, states that have legalized pot have enjoyed many net positive effects. Reducing violent crimes and alcohol-related DUIs, while simultaneously generating revenue for public schools and drug rehab programs, marijuana-related tax revenue is the antithesis of “Blood Money.”

(Main photo courtesy of The Daily Dot)

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Trump Won … What Now For Legalization?

Three steps forward … and one potential “Yuge” step back. Dazed and confused by the 2016 Election Day results, the 420-world rejoices over this week’s winning recreational ballot measures; unfortunately for many, that joy was tempered by Trump’s surprising victory.

High on the list of concerns are President-elect Donald Trump’s potential cabinet picks, according to CBS news.

During the campaign, Trump argued that marijuana legalization should be decided on a state-by-state basis, without being more specific. But in addition to the vice president-elect, some of Trump’s closest advisers, such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, are no “friends of marijuana reform.”

Displaying his own special brand of loathing and twisted logic during the Republican National Convention, Rudy Giuliani went on a pro-police tirade to rally the troops.

“It’s time to make America safe again … What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America.”

And that’s pretty much the problem.

Trump’s Team On Marijuana

In 2001, the year Giuliani left office, the NYPD was arresting roughly 1,100 individuals for simple marijuana possession – every seven days. Antagonistic in nature, these thuggish policies escalated New York City’s annual arrest rate from 1,450 under Mayor Dinkins to 41,521 under Mayor Giuliani. Empowering a new breed of police brutality, this policy ultimately dehumanized all it touched.

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Causing concern when Chris Christie was first tapped to head up the Trump transition team, Mike Pence has just been chosen to replace him. Notorious for calling marijuana-generated tax revenue “blood money,” Pence makes Christie look like a cheerleader for legalization by comparison. Governor Mike Pence was heavily criticized by the ACLU when he “signed a bill into law that would allow anyone to use their religious beliefs to claim that they have a right to refuse to follow anti-discrimination protections and other laws.” Not only did Pence vote against HB 1006 in 2013, he urged fellow legislators to increase marijuana possession to allow a class B misdemeanor — an offense that would carry a $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail for those caught with even the smallest amount of pot.

Asked during the town hall meeting form of the presidential debates whether he “supported drug legalization,” Trump answered in his uniquely incoherent away.

TRUMP: I think that as far as drug legalization, we talk about marijuana, and in terms of medical, I think I am basically for that. I’ve heard some wonderful things in terms of medical. I’m watching Colorado very carefully to see what’s happening out there. I’m getting some very negative reports, I’m getting some okay reports. But I’m getting some very negative reports coming out of Colorado as to what’s happening … so we’ll see what happens.

Indeed.

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Nevada Voters High-Five Question 2, Legalization Wins

Move over boozed-fueled gambling, Nevada’s new legalized marijuana is about to cultivate a new economic base. With Tuesday’s passage of Nevada’s recreational marijuana ballot measure, residents and visitors alike will be able to legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve 2016. Passed by 54.47% – […]

 

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