The governor and pot

Our blessed newspaper has supported Chris Christie more times than we have not.  Despite that record, it is hard to understand why the governor is trying to essentially not allow medical marijuana to be dispensed in New Jersey.

Rules the administration supports are so unduly restrictive that one lawmaker is not wrong when he says you might as well give sick and dying patients aspirin.

To be sure, there are anti-drug crazies in the Republican party _ people who can’t distinguish between a joint and a pound of heroin _ but that doesn’t explain it all. The GOP also has a libertarian wing that understands the folly of most drug laws.

The administration wants to limit potency of the drug, ban home deliveries and even prohibit an edible version of the drug. This is really a cruel way to treat sick patients who are dying. Really now, how long can they be expected to wait?

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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.

4 Responses to The governor and pot

  1. steve says:

    when the rich start needing the drug, Gov Pompous will suddenly see the light . Average Joe and Joesephine.. SOL

  2. Bob Grant says:

    Christie typifies conservative thinking and it is so wrong. American drug laws have made criminals rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams and have resulted in things like the virtual takeover of some South American countries. We have done for the drug cartels what prohibition did for the mob. The drugs flow north from Mexico and the money and guns flow south into the hands of some of the most despicable people on earth and yet we continue to make sure that their cash and weapons flows remain strong. Couple America’s drug laws with it’s almost non-existent weapons laws and we will bring Mexico to its knees soon not to mention some of America’s cities–the gang bangers are coming.

  3. P says:

    Neither the legislation passed in NJ, or the administration’s proposed regulations, will change any of the above. And even if you legalize Marijuana, there’s still a whole host of other more powerful narcotics that will continue to flow into the US and make not a whit of difference in the “War on Drugs.”

  4. David X Johnson says:

    Legalize it, tax it.

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