Weed and the election


One would not expect the gubernatorial election to turn on marijuana, but Jon Corzine and Chris Christie differ over medical use of marijuana.

Corzine backs the idea; Christie said today he does not.

The support here is for the governor’s position.

Sadly, opposing medical use of pot has a tendency — intentional or not — to appeal to the yahoos who are unable to distinguish between a cancer patient on Chemo smoking a joint to be able to eat and a guy shooting heroin.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

12 Responses to Weed and the election

  1. P says:

    Note this story in your own paper re:Christie on Medical Marijuana – http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20090320/COMMUNITIES/903200350/1005/NEWS01

    Says he doesn’t oppose legalizing it for medical use, just the way it is done in the specific bill currently under consideration.

  2. Chris says:

    Would your last paragragh be a reference to former Gov and current Senate Pres. Codey? I think I remember an time when he railed against its medicial use fo rthose in severe pain.

  3. Pravelon says:

    If Merk could get a patten on THC, would this discussion even be taking place? Point is,that medicinal uses of plant constituents have been understood for thousands of years. The political stigma surrounding “weed” is an unfortunate remnant of the turbulent ’60’s where a whole generation was mis-characterized with the phrase “sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll.” We need to get by that somehow.

  4. Tom Lenox says:

    I don’t use illegal drugs. It’s a sad state of affairs where people that are for the legalization of recreational drugs have to beat that point to death. If I didn’t state that I would instantly be thought of as Jerry Garcia re-incarnated.

    However, I’m all for the legalization of street drugs. It’s a free country. Just take a step back, and think about all the money that would come in from the taxation of these products. Also, think of the pain that would be eased for all of our relatives suffering from cancer, etc.

  5. P says:

    Fred, Why do you have a comments section if you don’t plan to post everyone’s input. I submitted something at 8a this morning and it’s still not listed here, although you obviously had time to review three other posts.

  6. Ron says:

    Legalization of marijuana is way overdue.

    Why do we clog our courts and waste law enforcement time? Why do your neighbors risk jail sentences and criminal records for such nonsense?

    Why do we allow drug smugglers and dealers to make tons of money when we could make it legal, tax it, and keep the money in our country?

    If booze is legal then so should weed.

  7. Paul says:

    Any drug that ends in caine, cane, cayne are all derivitives of cocaine, and opiates, solely for the purpose of a numbing effect and are legal. What is this argument really about? If the movie Reefer Madness was never seen, this would not even be a subject politically or not

  8. Will says:

    The only thing missing here, is the opinion of one other major candidate, Steve Lonegan! Why does the media assume that Christie is the automatic GOP choice?

  9. Tony Lama says:

    Because the media is liberal and Chris Christie is their kind of liberal. They know Corzine can’t win so they want the next best thing.

  10. Ed Ramirez says:

    Will, the answer to your question is because Chris is the leading candidate regardless of which media outlet is reporting it. Tony, if Christie is a Liberal than Lonegan is a radical fascist.

  11. Morris County Native says:

    I’d like to know how Lonegan feels about patients using pot to ease their agony. Lonegan is very busy focusing on Corzine’s failed policies, and establishing himself as the most conservative Republican. There is a big difference, however, between ‘conservative’ and ‘libertarian’, with libertarians wanting government to stick to the Founding Fathers’ vision of protecting the nation, providing an infrastructure of roads, bridges, etc., and then butting out of our lives.

  12. Morris County Native says:

    This just in: Medical marijuana causes serious brain infections.

    Check out newsgroups.derkeiler.com/pdf/Archive/Alt/alt.gathering.rainbow/2007-04/msg00130.pdf

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