Chris Christie: As president, I’ll enforce federal drug laws in states where selling marijuana is legal

posted at 8:01 pm on April 15, 2015 by Allahpundit

How odd is it for him to take this position? Let us count the ways. One: 24 hours ago, Pew dropped a newsy new poll noting that, while the two parties still disagree on whether marijuana should be legal, they don’t disagree that the feds should lay off on users in states where it already is. Even within the GOP, which remains skeptical of liberalization on drugs, a majority thinks the feds should defer to the states. You can indeed be anti-marijuana and pro-federalism:

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Screw that, says Christie. When it comes to deciding whether marijuana’s too dangerous for the citizens of a state to sell, he’ll happily trump your state legislature and local PD. And to think, they call him a big-government Republican.

Two: Until recently, despite his pedigree as a federal prosecutor, Christie had built a reputation for being a bit more moderate on drug laws than the average GOP pol. He’s open to legalizing medical marijuana for sick kids under certain conditions; he’s promoted treatment for nonviolent drug offenders in lieu of prison; he’s called the “war on drugs” a failure repeatedly. And now here he is ready to wage that war even in states where majorities have declared a truce with weed. That’s an … interesting turnaround in his brand.

Three: The factions of the GOP that are most likely to support Christie in taking a hard line on legal weed happen to be the same factions that are predisposed to hate Chris Christie. Right? It’s conservative Republicans more so than moderates who strongly oppose legalizing marijuana, but “Christie” is already a curse word among them. If he’s decided that his only path to the nomination is trying to rebuild bridges with the right, I fear the path will be a short one. The other group that’s strongly opposed to weed, per Pew, is senior citizens over the age of 70, who oppose legalization 29/68. But seniors are also the group most likely to be alienated by Christie’s call for entitlement reform. Meanwhile, the squishy GOPers who already like him (kinda sorta) tend to be softer on marijuana law enforcement and will want to know why Christie’s fashioning himself as a drug warrior. He’s pleasing his enemies here and alienating his allies.

Finally: Like I said yesterday in my post on the Pew poll, Democrats are going to try to use marijuana legalization as a wedge against the GOP nominee next year by putting popular referendums on weed on the ballot in multiple states, knowing that that’ll give left-leaning young adults more of a reason to turn out to vote and that that means more votes for Hillary. That’s a challenge for any prospective GOP nominee but it’s a special challenge for Christie, whose core argument to Republicans is that he’s more “electable” than the rest of the pack. He’s the guy who won reelection in a deeply Democratic state, he’s the guy who performed well with New Jersey’s Latino voters, he’s the guy who can expand the tent. And here he is playing into the left’s hands by taking a hard line on an issue that’ll alienate younger voters who might otherwise give him a close look as a “reasonable” centrist Republican. That’s his “electability” strategy? Baffling.

The only explanation I can think of for why he’d take this line is that he sees a niche for a “law and order” candidate in the field. Republicans think Obama is weak so Christie’s going to play up the contrast by being “strong,” confrontational, and no-nonsense at every turn — on foreign policy, on entitlement reform, and even on weed. Other than that, I don’t get it.


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Christie is virtually schitzo. A year ago he called for “ending the war on drugs.” His words, and now he is going to do his part to end that war by… sending federal dog shooting SWAT teams in to put down states that with a vote by the people elected to legalize? Insane.

This is an issue where well over 50% of Republicans think that the feds should leave the states alone that opt to legalize. Yet still the northeastern rino thinks he knows better than the rest of us. Like on climate change, Christie is the “smart” one calling the rest of us “anti-science.” Here is Christie in an extended rant repeating the leftist talking points on climate change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPxDnb2-aVI&info=ChristieGoesLeftOnClimateChange

Here’s Christie going left on gun control, just.. yesterday: Chris Christie calls for ‘the right balance’ on gun rights

Schitzo Christie goes left on amnesty and climate change and gay marriage and Obamacare (Medicaid expansion etc) and gun control but on this issue he goes off the chart rightwing? Get lost!

anotherJoe on April 16, 2015 at 9:09 PM

Lets say that the Federal Minimum Wage was $15/hr while state X had a law declaring that the Minimum Wage was $3.25/hr.

Would these same doofuses want the Federal Law to supersede the State’s?

Then why the hypocrisy over the more strict Federal law when it comes to dope?

Reuben Hick on April 16, 2015 at 10:45 PM

Republicans think Obama is weak so Christie’s going to play up the contrast by being “strong,” confrontational, and no-nonsense at every turn — on foreign policy, on entitlement reform, and even on weed.

But not on defending America’s borders, of course.

David Blue on April 17, 2015 at 8:37 AM

I turned my back to Christie when I heard his little rant about American attitudes toward muslims. He needs to just come out of the closet and admit he’s a Democrat.

blackgriffin on April 18, 2015 at 11:13 AM

It’s now “odd” for a would-be president to say that he’ll execute the duly-passed laws faithfully?

[The President] shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed… – Article II, Section 3

I shudder to think where this country is headed…

LagunaDave on April 18, 2015 at 12:51 PM