In a shocking occurrence yesterday at the Voters First Presidential Forum in New Hampshire – Chris Christie showed compassion and logic in a statement about addiction and the ‘failure of the war on drugs’.
His statements are not necessarily in line with his most recent threat to people who smoking marijuana in legal states, but nor do they point to any shred of faith that he will change his views on marijuana legalization.
As much as we thrive on Christie saying shockingly inaccurate and stubborn points about marijuana – This may be a sign that Christie could be turning over a new leaf.
The Week.com Reports:
At the Voters First Presidential Forum in New Hampshire on Monday, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) said that the country needs to “embrace” people who are addicted to alcohol and drugs, and provide rehabilitation instead of jail.
Christie was asked by moderator Jack Heath why more isn’t being done for people with drug and alcohol addictions. The governor said that his state was “the first in the country to say for non-violent drug offenders no more prison. They’re going to mandatory in-patient drug treatment, because this is a disease. The war on drugs has been a failure — well-intentioned, but a failure.”
Christie said that “everyone makes mistakes,” and society needs to “reach out” and “embrace those people and say, ‘If you’re not a violent offender, if you’re not dealing drugs to our children, we need to get you treatment rather than prison.'” He added that addiction can hit anyone, and “we need the country and president to stand up and say, ‘This is a disease and we need to fix it.'” Catherine Garcia