Democrats Fire Back About Legalized Marijuana in Colorado

democratsNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently criticized Colorado for its laws regarding legalized marijuana, and state Democrats, in particular those not up for reelection, are firing back. Chrisitie recently basted the citizens of Colorado for allowing “head shops”, stores where marijuana paraphernalia is sold, to pop up on every corner. “To me,” he said. “It’s just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey.”

Most Coloradans response, so far, has been, “What?”

It is not just the THC-infused rarefied air of the Rocky Mountains that has them saying this. Both Democrats and Republicans would point to the fact that Colorado cities and towns consistently rank in the top cities and places to live in the U.S. when polls are taken, regardless of criteria. None of the lists sourced contain any New Jersey cities.

While most GOP State Representatives and officials in Colorado did not support the legalization of marijuana, the climate among registered voters who are Republican can best be characterized as divided. So it is not likely they will be joining ranks with the New Jersey Governor any time soon. Many conservatives feel marijuana revenue for the state is a big positive, while several of the more conservative cities in Colorado have, indeed, banned sales of the recreational drug since it was officially legalized last January.  This signifies it is not just Democrats and Republicans firing back at each other over the issue of legalized marijuana in Colorado but it is the Democrats who have publicly shot back at New Jersey’s governor.

The issue over legalized pot has voters in both parties split over the parameters on the drug’s use within the state and the reputation it has brought since being legalized. Most voters in opposition to legalized marijuana, both Democrat and Republican, are concerned about the drug’s potential to be abused by children and underage users, particularly in the form of edibles such as baked goods and candy. Several regulations and measures are being proposed and passed in attempt to keep this from happening.

Despite pros and cons within both camps, the debate over marijuana is sure to have its role in the upcoming elections of 2014. Several of the state’s conservative gubernatorial candidates have stated they are tired of the national attention it is generating but also on the amount of legislative effort that has gone into it, characterizing it as being “burdensome”. One GOP candidate for Governor, Tom Tancredo, however, supported the amendment when it was being voted on. All candidates have agreed, at this point, the issue is not at the top of the agenda. However, this may, and probably will change as Election Day draws near.democrats

Democratic Senator Michael Bennett, who is up for reelection in 2016, invited Governor Chris Christie to come out west and experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime whether it is “hiking season or snow season” and said, “Colorado offers the greatest quality of life in the nation.”

Governor Hickenlooper, who is up for reelection, did not respond to Christie’s comments directly but a spokesman of his has said, “A lot of people think Colorado is a great place to live, work and play.”

Hickenlooper has been the state’s greatest mediator on the issue, consistently reminding other states to “look before they leap” and keeping the concern of underage pot use at the forefront of dialogue on the substance.

Incumbent Democratic senator Mark Udall has not issued a public statement about the remarks.

The comments of Chris Christie Monday night about marijuana and the Colorado way of life is definitely spurning a response among all citizens in the state and caused some Democrats fire back, publicly. However, the issue has yet to be as divisive as support of Obamacare, at least in a partisan sense, on the minds and radar of Colorado politicians and voters at this point in the election year.

By Joseph Porter

Sources:
CNN
nj.com
Washington Times
Businessweek

6 Responses to "Democrats Fire Back About Legalized Marijuana in Colorado"

  1. Donald   August 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Response to Jn above who is an idiot. You make me sick…hiding behind the “Little children” theory.
    Not long ago my young granddaughter came home from school one afternoon and I ask her what she learned in school today. She said, Grand Daddy we studied History today and the Constitution.
    She then asked me, “Grand Daddy, what happened to our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 14th Amendments.
    My dear child, well we had to get rid of those and amend a few others as well. Why Grand daddy? Because we wanted to protect you and all the little children just like you, and your future.

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  2. JN   April 27, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I live in Colorado with three children and I think it is a nightmare. These idiots have legalized marijuana without thinking anything out. What is there plan to protect the children. Marijuana is sold as candy and we are surprised that 4th graders are bringing marijuana to sale at school in Greeley colorado. It is a potent drug that has been made into liquid form. It is hard for a ten year old to bring a bottle of vodka to school and difficult from a taste point of view to chug the entire bottle. However to bring a bag of gummy bears and eat the entire bag is quite easy. Oh yes, they did not read the recommended dose on the bag. Nor did the college kid that jumped to his death after failing to only eat 1/6th of the cookie. Who the ?%@$ only eats a 1/6th of a cookie. These are just a few of many incidents that have occurred. Yes, we are appeasing all the marijuana lovers but what about those of that are trying to raise children in a healthy drug free environment. Trying to raise law abiding citizens interested in education and obtaining good jobs in their future. Citizens that will actually be able to pay taxes. They say the money will come.
    I doubt my children will benefit. Most of the money is going to go for regulating marijuana, creating rehab centers, and fighting the other drugs that are coming along with the marijuana. Lawyers will benefit in Colorado. Children will not.

    Colorado is not a good place to raise children. I would leave if I could. I feel like I have to cut back on my work or possibly quit to spend time babysitting and protecting my children as it has just become one step harder in an already difficult society for children.

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    • JB   May 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Just like any other substance, medicine or not, if a child gets their hands on it the responsibility lies not with “these idiots” but with the parents and guardians of that child, end of story.

      As for the young man from Kansas who ended his life, saying that happened because of marijuana is ridiculous.

      We’re not “appeasing the marijuana lovers”–we’re developing legislation that was voted on by the citizens of the democracy that you live in.

      I’m sorry, but your views are unrealistic and not founded on fact whatsoever. There are no “other drugs coming with the marijuana”.

      Marijuana has been shown scientifically to be safer than alcohol. It’s time people like you considered facts instead of propaganda.

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    • Josh   May 27, 2014 at 2:56 am

      Actually, children will be some of the first people helped by legalization. The first tax revenues will go to pay for badly needed repairs in schools. I don’t know where you would move to find a better life, CO is the best in so many ways. Of course there is a potential for misuse but I guarantee there have been more people hurt because of alcohal in the past week than there have been hurt by marijuana in the last year.

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  3. Jose Gonzales   April 24, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Christie is dog meat using the exact same words that Romney used, “fight marijuana legalization tooth and nail.”

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    • Donald   August 6, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Actually Christie is the end result of Dog Meat which is a big, fat terd.

      Reply

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