Trump’s Christie Pick Bad News for Legalization

Trump's Christie Pick Bad News for Legalization

On Monday, CNN reported that presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had tapped New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to serve as the head of his transition team in the event he wins the November election.

“Trump likely won’t decide to say, nuke China in his first 100 days. But there could be huge, immediate consequences for states that have voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Christie has been openly hostile even toward medical use.”

For supporters of marijuana reform, this is extraordinarily bad news.

Obviously, the idea of someone as erratic as the Manhattan real estate mogul having access to the America’s nuclear arsenal is genuinely terrifying.

That said? Trump likely won’t decide to say, nuke China in his first 100 days. But there could be huge, immediate consequences for states that have voted to legalize recreational marijuana.

Up to this point in the campaign, when asked about marijuana, Trump has given the type of sprawling non-answers we’re come to expect from him.

Here’s what he said to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly when he was asked about whether he would attempt to reel in states like Colorado and Washington:

“I would, I would really want to think about that one Bill because in some ways, I think it’s good and in other ways, it’s bad.”

But after Christie endorsed him, Trump said the portly former prosecutor would make a good Attorney General, and Christie has been openly hostile even toward medical marijuana, which he’s described as “a front for legalization.” And while New Jersey does allow medical marijuana, the restrictions in the Garden State are among the strictest in the nation.

Today, there’s a fragile truce seen between federal and state governments regarding marijuana. The Department of Justice just recently abandoned it’s attempt to shutter California’s largest dispensary, nearly a decade after the Golden State voted to legalize medical marijuana.

If we had a hard-charging, crusader type as the country’s highest law enforcement officer? We could easily wake up one morning and find that truce shattered.

[ via CNN ]

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