Drug Warrior Christie Still Pushing Gateway Myth

The “gateway” theory is still hanging around after all these years.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in one of his many ill-informed public statements, recently proclaimed that were he elected president in 2016, he would “crack down and not permit” states to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, calling tax revenue from marijuana “blood money”. Christie added “Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law. And the states should not be permitted to sell it and profit from it.” Fortunately I do not anticipate we will have to endure a Christie presidency, but it was fascinating to see he had resurrected an old anti-marijuana myth that most of us had thought was dead.

In taking this anti-pot position, Christie gave as his justification the so-called “gateway” theory. “Every bit of objective data tells us that it’s a gateway drug to other drugs. And it is not an excuse in our society to say alcohol is legal so why not make marijuana legal. …Well … why not make heroin legal? Why not make cocaine legal. You know, their argument is a slippery slope.”

This man is not burdened by facts, nor by intellectual rigor. He has clearly looked around for some justification for him to oppose legalization, to appeal to the far right wing of the Republican party, and the best he could find was the old, previously discarded “gateway” theory. In addition, Governor Christie makes no distinction between the dangers of smoking pot, versus using heroin and cocaine. They are all illegal, so they must be bad; while alcohol and tobacco, both of which kill hundreds of thousands of people each year, are legal, so they must be okay. A simple formula for a simple man.

Younger readers may not know that for several decades, it was this “gateway” belief – specifically that those who begin by smoking marijuana would end up as heroin addicts – that supporters of the prohibition of marijuana used to justify the enormous social costs of maintaining that policy. They believed, or at least they argued, that there was something about the marijuana high that caused smokers to lose their self-control and develop a compulsion to use other stronger and more dangerous drugs, ending up as a heroin addict. The theory implies some biological mechanism that has no basis in science.

There was never any real data to support such a theory, and in fact, the vast majority of marijuana smokers have never used heroin.

Government surveys indicate approximately 115 million Americans have smoked marijuana (44 percent of those 12 years old and older), and 34 million Americans (13 percent of those 12 years old and older) are current users; while less than 4.6 million Americans (1.8 percent of those 12 years old and older) have ever tried heroin, and approximately 669,000 (0.25 percent) are current users. If marijuana smoking actually led to heroin use, we would have a lot more heroin users.

Those who initially raised the “gateway” theory were anti-drug warriors who would ask admitted heroin addicts if they had smoked marijuana before they used heroin. Not surprisingly, most of them had. But, of course, most of them had also used tobacco, alcohol, and prescription pain killers (and sometimes other drugs) before they used heroin, yet no one is claiming that alcohol or tobacco “leads to heroin”, although both of these drugs were nearly always used by these heroin addicts even before they had smoked marijuana.

The ultimate error in the conclusion reached by those who buy into the “gateway” theory is they confuse correlation with causation. The mere fact that one may have used one or more drugs prior to initiating heroin use may be explained by cultural or socio-economic factors, such as poverty and poor social environment, association with others who use dangerous drugs, and mental illnesses.

For decades, the addiction industry – addiction researchers and addiction treatment professionals – have continued to push the myth of the “gateway” theory, as it is the basis for much of their government and pharmaceutical funding. If the theory were acknowledged to be a myth, they would lose much of their funding, and their credibility.

And the law enforcement community, which largely sees marijuana prohibition as a jobs program for themselves, are only too happy to confirm, from their “boots on the ground” perspective, that the “gateway” theory is real. It justifies their insistence on treating marijuana use as a crime, which allows them to continue to violate people’s (largely motorists’) 4th Amendment rights, by the ruse of claiming they smelled marijuana. Marijuana itself may not be so bad, they now say, but it is this danger that marijuana smokers may progress to heroin use that warrants a criminal response and the wholesale violation of personal freedom.

But that old canard simply does not sell any longer. People are far too sophisticated, and many of them have personal experiences with marijuana that contradict the marijuana-leads-to-heroin myth. It is time for even our political opponents to move on to more reasonable and credible arguments. There may be legitimate concerns about possible unintended consequences of marijuana legalization, but marijuana smokers moving on to heroin is not one of them. That’s a silly, simplistic allegation without scientific or factual basis.

Risky Political Strategy for Christie

In addition, raising the “gateway” myth as an excuse to oppose marijuana legalization by the states is a risky political tactic for Governor Christie and others currently running for president. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 59 percent of the public (54 percent of Republicans, 58 percent of Democrats, and 64 percent of independents) say the federal government should stand aside and allow the states to experiment with different versions of legalization. And nearly 40 percent of those voters who continue to support marijuana prohibition, nonetheless oppose the federal government stepping in to impose its will on states that wish to legalize. A recent CBS News poll came to that same conclusion, finding that 65 percent of Republicans believe individual states should be allowed to decide their own marijuana policy, free from federal interference.

But that is not likely to change the position of Christie and others who choose to hang-on to their core belief that marijuana is the “devils weed.” It is a myth that they have used as the basis of their drug war rhetoric for decades, and it has always worked before. They presume, against all odds, that it will continue to assure their popularity and re-election against those who are “soft on drugs.” What it really does is demonstrate how out-of-date their ideas are, and assure them a permanent place on the wrong side of history.

http://news.marijuana.com/news/2015/05/drug-warrior-christie-still-pushing-gateway-myth/

52 thoughts

  1. “This man (Christie) is not burdened by facts or intellectual rigor.”
    -Keith Stroup

    “…and %100 of heroin users started by drinking milk…”
    -Senator Steve Cohen, D-TN

    “Hypocrites and parasites
    Will come up and take a bite
    But if your night should turn to day
    A lot of people would run away…
    So who the cap fits
    Let them wear it.”

    -Robert Nesta Marley

  2. Carly Fiorina is the latest prohibitionist to throw her hat into the presidential ring…

    We, as a group of freedom loving Americans who believe we should have the right to consume cannabis if we so choose, must unite to vote only for those that will bring down the wall of prohibition and change laws that make no sense and do more harm than good.

  3. Chris Christie was sent in from central casting.

    Somebody thought the request was for a Burger King Asst. Manager lookalike. He’s gonna be hurt when all this gets explained to him.

    Mixups happen.

  4. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. – A. Lincoln

  5. “This man is not burdened by facts”

    Ha Ha!!! This really made me laugh and it is so true!

    I just can’t imagine one of the stupidest people on the planet becoming our next president; but then I never thought Bush Jr. would either…

  6. Hillary has also used the gateway theory as justification for not supporting an end to marijuana prohibition. Hopefully, she will “evolve” on the issue.

  7. Gateway drug really? Marijuana helped me get off morphine that I had been prescribed for 16 years. Morphine destoyed my teeth. The three weeks it too to detox was miserable. It’s funny I can not smoke marijuana and quit and with no withdrawl symptoms. Let’s not forget food addiction Mr Chrisite. Maybe we should outlaw food.

  8. I think it may be helpful to further delineate the difference between correlation and causation in laymens terms. I think you more than adequately covered correlation/association so it’s easily understood by me. Regarding causality, we need look no further than the obesity and diabetic epedemics in this country to understand the term. Agri-business loads our food products with high fructose corn syrup and saturated fats that the masses are addicted to for profitsake. That’s a correlation that causes obesity and diabetes. Law enforcement has a need for self perpetuation and there’s a correlation with that need that causes them to be addicted to Prohibition. And let there be no doubt, there is a correlation between that addiction and the Byrnes (JAG) Act.

  9. My first thought was “Congrats you right wing.g POS, you realize you just talked yourself right out of the presidential nomination?” Most repubs have started to realize that explicit opposition is now a losing strategy, and have opted for more mealy mouthed policies that would keep mj effectively illegal but give the illusion being open to the possibility of legalization. But not Christie, no sir, he hasnt yet reached that page yet.

  10. Christie suffers from a lot more than Reefer Madness. He’s stolen from the NJ pension fund to give large donations to his allies (ExxonMobil, Pearson, etc). And let’s not forget Bridgegate. There is nothing politically redeeming about this man. He represents the worst of the worst.

  11. To get PLP post-legalization process underway, we need a big wayward-sounding THEORY, how about 3ST Three-way Substitution Theory:

    1. SUBSTITUTE safe seductive but non-addictive cannabis, catnip, chamomile, comfrey, damiana, dandelion, eucalyptus, fennel, firneedle, fo-ti-tieng, ginsengleaf, hopsflower, iris, jasmine, kinnickinnick, lavender, lobelia or OREGANO for tobacco;

    2. Even if tobacco retained, SUSBTITUTE Vaping for $moking– but even if not risking the $$ for a $40 Vape Pen or E-$ig,

    3. Check that free wiki “12 Ways to Make Pipes” article and use $1.29 worth of parts found in your garage plus some #40 screen to make a 25-mg STU Single Toke Utensil to SUBSTITUTE for obsolete 500-mg Joint, Doobie, $pliff, Blunt, $igarette, Beedi, Kretek HBOM Hot Burning Overdose Monoxcide paperwRAP formats.

    This 3-Way Theory will be the gateway to abruptly eliminating 6 million $ecret $acred $igarette deaths a year worldwide and winning a $1.5 million Knowitwell Prize in Cannabis Preventive Medicine for NORML top brass.

  12. ps. it might even help elect an unrepublican candidate…

    corrigendum: part of my mind inadvertently left the BS out of “substitute” in the second round.

  13. He will be reduced to a cipher at approaching tide. Any meaning he has is being rapidly dissolved. This is a good thing because once he is gone there will be more fried chicken left for us!!

  14. Christie is against citizen equality and is for legalized bribery. I have proof of both my claims against him.

    1st proof of Corporate Share Holder’s Money being spent on bribery “Never Freedom of Speech Justification”
    that would be given Corp. management license to steal.
    @HillaryClinton PROOF OF INTENT. 1 Q&A and corp. bribery is a crime. You are under oath to defend US. NewMedia AskHer

    ((publish this Q&A for their expert opinion!))
    Dear New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie & N.J.Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner: ..What do you believe?
    SURVEY FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS & CITIZENS ABOUT BRIBERY.
    (Attorneys are officers of the court)

    I am a public official under oath (or may become one) and must have an opinion about the use of money or promises to influence any public official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties.
    I agree that corporate political contributions are not lawful and violate state and federal bribery statutes because of “corporate mission laws” that protect share holder’s funds (from fraud/embezzlement); funds must be spent on profit, potential profit or humanitarian expenditures only. So intent cannot be freedom of speech but seeking influence for profit.
    Name(print)__________________________Sign______________________date_______
    If you believe that corporate contributions (under corporate mission laws) are lawful: Sign down here instead:
    Name(print)___________________________Sign__________________________date_______
    BRIBERY: The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties…………………unlawful by constitutional Equality Under All Laws.. (created Feb. 14, 2014)
    Sincerely,
    Jonathan L. Peterson
    Behavior Research for Humanity llc.
    3670 S. Red Maple Rd.
    Salt Lake City, UT 84106 208-650-1346 ph. jlp1997@msn.com
    +++++++++++++++++
    +++++++++++++Now proof of drug laws (especially pot, which doesn’t kill anyone through use.)Violate Equality creating Elite Citizenship with the power of a public office.

    @HillaryClinton PROOF OUR DRUG LAWS VIOLATE EQUALITY. Doctors sell dangerous substance use permits. Like the ATF. Dah

    MSN (2nd comment on) 21 health benefits of marijuana edited*
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/21-health-benefits-of-marijuana/ar-AAboNFC?ocid=HPCDHP
    “LEGAL PROOF OUR DRUG LAWS ARE NOT CONSTITUTIONAL, NEVER WERE…”
    Jonathan Peterson:
    Why people are sheep…………Instinct Mechanism/survival logic operating our minds and choices…
    W/low comprehension or awareness of this truth……..

    The ATF sells permits to buy and use dangerous controlled substances= explosives.
    Doctors sells permits to buy and use dangerous controlled substances = drugs.

    The difference is. Doctors of medicine have this Master powers of temporary permits=
    AND DO NOT HOLD AN OFFICE AND GET TO KEEP THE PERMIT FEES.
    Private enterprise with the power of a government permit office.
    ((ANY LAW THAT VIOLATES EQUALITY, OUTSIDE OF PUBLIC OFFICE IS UNLAWFUL))
    THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE………..if you have the sense to use the facts for your logic and beliefs.

    Why alcohol prohibition did not work: Prohibition of choice causes crime.
    The only way to have a prohibition of a commodity that is needed or wanted is to give that power of choice to one group over another………Powers over other citizens must be a public office,
    under oath of office to be impartial.
    Or you have unfair, unjust laws operating our society =
    Violation of citizen equality not being opposed by group members. =
    Needless suffering caused by our instinct mechanism protecting current status quo operations ……
    Blinding individuals from the facts on hand and manipulating their beliefs =
    Most group members . believe it is moral to oppress and criminalize other citizens for not having permits from other citizens to buy, use or possess a commodity….
    ………FLAWED LOGIC AND BELIEFS….

    Instinct mechanism/survival logic operates human sub-conscious minds.
    The desire to control others choices is not lawful.
    Constitutional Laws protect us from crimes done directly to a citizen or entity.
    Driving impaired is a danger to society (unlawful to protect public safety). Using alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal drugs (fit into the same category of personal choice, until a true crime has occurred.)

    A mother caring for an adolescent, impaired on prescription drugs/alcohol is the same as a mother
    caring for an adolescent without a permission slip from a doctor: both have the potential to violate law but until the letter of the law is broken. Liberty or freedom of choice is respected.
    Except it is not.. If one temporary drug commodity permit is expired, the citizen falls under criminal penalty for not having that buy and use permit from another citizen. That is what doctors are, citizens with the power of a public office, selling commodity permits.
    Very similar to the permits sold by the ATF.

    Sincerely,
    Jonathan L. Peterson
    Behavior Research for Humanity llc.
    3670 S. Red Maple Rd. Salt Lake City, UT 84106 208-650-1346 ph. jlp1997@msn.com

  15. NORML Drug Warrior Christie Still Pushing Gateway Myth:
    Christie is against citizen equality and is for legalized bribery. I have proof of both my claims against him.
    1st proof of Corporate Share Holder’s Money being spent on bribery “Never Freedom of Speech Justification”
    that would be given Corp. management license to steal.
    @HillaryClinton PROOF OF INTENT. 1 Q&A and corp. bribery is a crime. You are under oath to defend US. NewMedia AskHer

    ((publish this Q&A for their expert opinion!))
    Dear New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie & N.J.Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner: ..What do you believe?
    SURVEY FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS & CITIZENS ABOUT BRIBERY.
    (Attorneys are officers of the court)

    I am a public official under oath (or may become one) and must have an opinion about the use of money or promises to influence any public official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties.
    I agree that corporate political contributions are not lawful and violate state and federal bribery statutes because of “corporate mission laws” that protect share holder’s funds (from fraud/embezzlement); funds must be spent on profit, potential profit or humanitarian expenditures only. So intent cannot be freedom of speech but seeking influence for profit.
    Name(print)__________________________Sign______________________date_______
    If you believe that corporate contributions (under corporate mission laws) are lawful: Sign down here instead:
    Name(print)___________________________Sign__________________________date_______
    BRIBERY: The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties…………………unlawful by constitutional Equality Under All Laws.. (created Feb. 14, 2014)
    Sincerely,
    Jonathan L. Peterson
    Behavior Research for Humanity llc.
    3670 S. Red Maple Rd.
    Salt Lake City, UT 84106 208-650-1346 ph. jlp1997@msn.com
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Now proof of drug laws (especially pot, which doesn’t kill anyone through use.)Violate Equality creating Elite Citizenship with the power of a public office.

    @HillaryClinton PROOF OUR DRUG LAWS VIOLATE EQUALITY. Doctors sell dangerous substance use permits. Like the ATF. Dah
    MSN (2nd comment on) 21 health benefits of marijuana edited*
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/21-health-benefits-of-marijuana/ar-AAboNFC?ocid=HPCDHP
    “LEGAL PROOF OUR DRUG LAWS ARE NOT CONSTITUTIONAL, NEVER WERE…”
    Jonathan Peterson:
    Why people are sheep…………Instinct Mechanism/survival logic operating our minds and choices…
    W/low comprehension or awareness of this truth……..

    The ATF sells permits to buy and use dangerous controlled substances= explosives.
    Doctors sells permits to buy and use dangerous controlled substances = drugs.

    The difference is. Doctors of medicine have this Master powers of temporary permits=
    AND DO NOT HOLD AN OFFICE AND GET TO KEEP THE PERMIT FEES.
    Private enterprise with the power of a government permit office.
    ((ANY LAW THAT VIOLATES EQUALITY, OUTSIDE OF PUBLIC OFFICE IS UNLAWFUL))
    THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE………..if you have the sense to use the facts for your logic and beliefs.

    Why alcohol prohibition did not work: Prohibition of choice causes crime.
    The only way to have a prohibition of a commodity that is needed or wanted is to give that power of choice to one group over another………Powers over other citizens must be a public office,
    under oath of office to be impartial.
    Or you have unfair, unjust laws operating our society =
    Violation of citizen equality not being opposed by group members. =
    Needless suffering caused by our instinct mechanism protecting current status quo operations ……
    Blinding individuals from the facts on hand and manipulating their beliefs =
    Most group members . believe it is moral to oppress and criminalize other citizens for not having permits from other citizens to buy, use or possess a commodity….
    ………FLAWED LOGIC AND BELIEFS….

    Instinct mechanism/survival logic operates human sub-conscious minds.
    The desire to control others choices is not lawful.
    Constitutional Laws protect us from crimes done directly to a citizen or entity.
    Driving impaired is a danger to society (unlawful to protect public safety). Using alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal drugs (fit into the same category of personal choice, until a true crime has occurred.)

    A mother caring for an adolescent, impaired on prescription drugs/alcohol is the same as a mother
    caring for an adolescent without a permission slip from a doctor: both have the potential to violate law but until the letter of the law is broken. Liberty or freedom of choice is respected.
    Except it is not.. If one temporary drug commodity permit is expired, the citizen falls under criminal penalty for not having that buy and use permit from another citizen. That is what doctors are, citizens with the power of a public office, selling commodity permits.
    Very similar to the permits sold by the ATF.
    Sincerely,
    Jonathan L. Peterson
    Behavior Research for Humanity llc.
    3670 S. Red Maple Rd. Salt Lake City, UT 84106 208-650-1346 ph. jlp1997@msn.com

  16. Christie is a bully. He’s got his mind made up, and he’s used to getting his way. If you get in his way, there’s payback, even if he leaves that up to his minions so that he has plausible deniability. BrigeGate. He gets mouthy when you confront him about something he is wrong about, and you don’t shut up. He’ll tell you to shut up. He’ll just go all Soprano verbally on you, but without the expletives. Can you imagine him shooting off his mouth and talking shit Jersey style at Putin or some other leader of a country. Tact and diplomacy are not Christie’s strong points. We need a president who is a leader who will encourage countries to cooperate with the US and to take our advice, not someone who will drive wedges and cause ill feelings thus making the possibility of more war more likely.

    Retire in Cape May, Christie.

  17. Christie is the last one in the world who should bloviate about “blood money.” The man oozes slime from his pores every time he opens his mouth.

    I will never forget his demeanor when “Bridgegate” became public. He looked like a sneaky little kid who’d just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, his mouth drooping, a look of contrition on his face, however genuine or not. “I’m sad and embarrassed, etc etc”

    Then about two-three days later, obviously after his lawyers explained to him how they’d throw two of his underlings under the bus, his bombast quickly returned, and he became snarky and sarcastic with the press. “I was working the cones, etc. etc.”

    I think even most NJ republicans aren’t fooled by this blowhard any more. If they are, they deserve him as their governor.

    His stance against MJ in any event will absolutely kill him in the primaries–even in the GOP primaries. It will be a pleasure watching his relevance turn to dust.

  18. Chris Christie is a lunatic. He knows nothing about marijuana, except for what Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan told him about it. He is one of these guys that doesn’t actually know anything about anything, everything is a “shade of gray”. One year, he is arresting people for doing the same stuff he does just a couple years later on. Christie, like Jon Corzine, is simply non-competent. Like Michele Leonhart.

  19. Chris Christie is from the govt and he is here to help.

    Just like Reagan used to say.

  20. Chris Christie doesn’t want marijuana to be legal because he’s scared he won’t be able to control himself and he’ll wind up getting high and getting the munchies and then he’ll eat everything in sight and get so fat that he’ll explode. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Kick that arrogant pile of crap to the curb. Why is he even a thing?

  21. Blaming cannabis consumers for today’s social ills is scapegoating on a national scale. There are many victims in the war on the american people that began with the nineteenth amendment and alcohol prohibition, and continues today as ignorance and intolerance permeates a corrupt judicial system seeking to balance fiscal responsibilities on the backs of any perceived evil doers. When does the stupidity end?

  22. He probably thinks he’s going to garner respect for continuing to stand by an unpopular position. He often mentions when interviewed, things like ‘hey, if you don’t like it then don’t vote for me’ or something to that effect. I almost want him to run just so I can hear him get booed during the primary debates.

  23. If he claims to be a true republican than he would be all about what the people want. It was to my understanding that the Republican parting was all about governing for what the people want and that the Democratic part was all about pushing their ideas onto the people. I guess the Republican part can no longer make that claim.

  24. It’s scary in this day and age in our society to still have this irrational thinking by a elected official. Mr Christy is way out of the “Right” field With this recycled garbage, sooo far out of touch with the people he was elected serve. Mr Christy put down the hamburger, stop chewing and listen. Its what the people want, not you, this is not burger King you can’t have it “your” way.

    I’m soo happy your showing your true colors before the election in 2016.
    Soo far these are your bullet points:
    Anti-Marijuana (any type not just medical)
    Pro-racism.(continue racial inequality)
    Pro-government – take away states rights to vote.
    Pro-big tobacco.
    Pro-big pharmaceutical companies.
    Anti- science.
    Anti- Logic
    Anti- common sense.
    Anti- self control – Tubbs.

    Anyone who takes this guy seriously must be high, and in line at the same burger King, content with never EVER thinking for your self, being told what’s ok/good/legal. objecting science, substituting lies and rhetoric, sooo sad. Sucks to be a right winger with this man as you leader.

  25. What the hell is Christie doing criticizing something that has so many useful applications;medicinal and recreational,such as cannabis? What a disgrace to humanity.If you ever watch this guy, he gets winded and out of breath from just talking.

    Well, i guess he is sealing his fate with his anti-pot rhetoric.Bye,bye presidential hopeful.

    Lets address a real epidemic: childhood obesity, leading to type 2 diabetes and its correlation with simple carbohydrates and starchy foods like sugar cereals,while Madison Avenue marketers are scheming new advertisements to hypnotize innocent children in-between breaks in their cartoon world.Yeah,that first taste of sugar cereal or that bagel, taste really good doesn’t it? keep laughing until a few decades later when you have nerve damage and a possible amputation from out of control glucose levels in the blood stream.Not so funny now is it?

    But it’s always that first taste of ice cream that reels them in,into a lifelong spiral of debauchery,of course there are the ‘dabblers” out there that can take a few bites here and there,in moderation,along with a sensible diet and exercise, and leave it alone before they suffer any serious consequences.

    And what about those studies,showing cannabis users (marijuana smokers)having a lower body mass index,lower insulin resistance and lower incidence of metabolic syndrome… hmmm?

    Just another “pipe dream’ i suppose.Meanwhile,back at the NASDAQ Shrine..GEO Group Stocks and CXW Stocks are soaring.

    Cheap Prison labor,you can’t beat it! ,right guys?

  26. I respect Christie, but if he’s going to court the prohibitionist vote with the usual ill-conceived lies, he’s off my list of potentials already.

    I’m almost 66 and I still on occasion run wind-sprints for the shear fun of it. I don’t need lessons in lifestyle from a hedonistic fool determined to eat himself into an early grave.

  27. Folks, it is not inconceivable that our choice for President in 2016 could roll back recent progress on reform. They’ll damn well find the money to do it somewhere.

    Vote pro-reform, NORML fans.

  28. Are hot dogs a gateway to pizza? Is second gear a gateway to third gear? Humm; ” a simple formula for a simple man.”

  29. The Cannabist has a really good article about Willie Nelson.

    Thank you very much, Mr. Nelson. Thank you sincerely for all you have done and are doing to legalize cannabis.

    You are a musical genius. You are an advocate for justice. You are the greatest living Texan there is.

    Thank you.

  30. Christie or any other republican candidate can threaten to roll back legalization all they want, but sorry, the horse is out of the gate now. (there’s your gateway theory) If anyone tried to roll back legalization now they’d face a bigger protest probably than Baltimore did, except it’d be all potheads so the only thing they’d be setting on fire is a million joints.

  31. It’s just the dark side of Christie’s power to show that he is loyal to the supporters who has big money investments. He’s not a nice man.

  32. I’ve become a 1 issue voter. After reviewing the facts anyone not supporting legalization is either too dumb or too dishonest for my vote! I don’t want them representing me on any matter. Join me! MJ HEMP CO. mjhemp.com

  33. for one the Christie was all for marijuana and no he sees something different from Congress on how dangerous do you people know we put up with your shit with alcohol prohibition and people during from it and having court cost fines probation and oh yeah AA you know about that alcohol is the gate way drug I used that first then decided to try pot or grass how you people in congress say it inmiture jerks for one pot will save the nation and all you boneheaded old folks home in congress are doing it on porpoise so we marihuana users can’t have our time but they got there time with alcohol all you people in congress should not believe what you hear from 45 years ago or what have you times have changed and it’s time for change imagine how much money congress can line there pockets with and still can say “fucking stoners” like us stoners say fucking drunks!!

  34. The more I see Christie’s style of stubborn, willful ignorance from the GOP conservatives the more I feel compelled to keep them out of political office. Willful ignorance, especially about topics with science behind them, is a blueprint for losing our international pre-eminence.

  35. I loved the press conference when the speaker said we have no recorded deaths from marijuana but tens of thousands of Americans die every from obesity caused diseases. What is Governor Christie saying to American children, that Gluttony and Obesity is OK? What’s next bestiality? Gluttony, a deadly sin is a gateway to obesity and the end result is a big fat unhealthy ass, a tiny penis and an addled brain awash in stupidity. Such a stupid man. And the sad thing is he was elected. What does that say of the people of New Jersey?

  36. How exactly did Einstein define insanity? – Raven

    Corpulent Christie eating one donut after another while simultaneously denying the fact he appears ready to ‘splode?

  37. I ask myself constantly, being a conservative libertarian, why my allies on the left in the Cannabis reform movement hate me so bad? I mean, there are millions of conservatives or as many on the left like to vilify us as gun carrying, God Fearing, racist, bigoted, homophobes who are pro cannabis and anti drug war. I understand that name calling is the lowest form of debate and is purely meant to demean an opponent’s opinion and view when logic, fact and truth get in the way. But in the instance of Cannabis reform, can’t we put aside the partisan politics? My brother and I are both conservative libertarians. We are much more aligned with the Republican party than the Democrats, yet we own a cannabis business and work in the movement to see cannabis legal for everyone over 21 regardless of what they want to use it for. Not only that, but we find the whole drug war, wrong, evil, misguided and anti-American. So how does it help the movement to have people like xxdr Zombie try to make this a liberal issue? It doesn’t, it creates division and looks to push out people he has a political and philosophical hate towards. He doesn’t want us in HIS movement, we are wing nuts. I thought the liberal movement was one of inclusiveness, well here we are. Millions of conservatives who want to see cannabis legal and he would have us cast out and ruin any chance of seeing just that happen.

    name calling even when pointed at conservatives doesn’t help move the agenda forward. I would ask all my liberal allies in the Cannabis movement to focus on the issue, not the party affiliations.

  38. @Joshua – I totally agree that we should focus on the issue and not the party. However, there can be no doubt that there are more Democratic leaders supporting the legalization and medicinal use of cannabis than there are Republicans. If the Republicans would just go away, I think it would be legal tomorrow. Those few Democratic leaders that are against it are in the minority in that party.

    All I can say is God help us all if someone like Mitt Romney, Chris Christie or Jeb Bush wins the next election. The are as anti-American as anything the Germans supported in WW2. They want people locked up for doing something that should be not only an American right but a human right (in my humble opinion).

    Neither a Democrat or a Republican will ever get my vote if they do not make it one of their priorities to end the war against cannabis consumers! I have become a one issue voter and if that is what it takes to end the stupidity, then so be it!

  39. Gov. Christie is wrong about this, and so many other things. Marijuana is not a gateway drug. Many people use it medically for years and years without any need to move on to “harder” drugs. Having to buy marijuana from a drug dealer, instead of a MMJ dispensary leads to use of more dangerous drugs. Illegality is the number one problem with cannabis!

  40. I agree that Herb is a gateway drug. After smoking pot, I feel compelled to eat as many little debbie snack cakes as I can possible shove in my mouth. My question is this: How much herb do you think our illustrious governor smoked in order to get so fat?

  41. It is amazing how fast one uses cannabis use as an excuse for morbid obesity. I’ve lost 50 lbs. using it. Makes for another personal experience that doesn’t mix well with what we are told by those in charge.

  42. Are hot dogs a gateway to pizza? – V.O.T.R. …is comic gold!

    Which weighs more?…a pound of gold or a pound of Christie?

    They both weigh the same…the only difference is volume…most of which is hot air mixed with adipose deposits?

  43. I bought my first pack of cigarettes when I was about nine years old, from a vending machine at the corner laundry mat, I could also buy them at the local grocery just by saying my dad sent me to get them . then one day those vending machines where gone forever, and every business that sold cigarettes had a sign saying No cigarettes sold to minors, that pretty much ended millions of us kids from smoking.my point here is a thing called REGULATION, the only pot the KIDS can get their hands on is black market commercial grade cheap to buy and is on every corner in every town in America,as long as weed is not regulated those marijuana vending machines are everywhere for the kids to buy. So why do people like Christie insist on keeping the prohibition movement ramped up? But in all honesty MR.chris christies gateway theory may hold water, because 46 years after that first cigarette,I”ve gatewayed to smoking marijuana,YEAH.

  44. Libertarians are republicans in hiding.

    If it walks like a republican duck…it’s a republican duck.

    Quack!

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