Christie: The War on Drugs Failed

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says the “War on Drugs” has failed.  His solution to the drug problem would involve sending offenders to treatment, not jail.

Christie has said that the war on drugs failed, not because of any bad intentions on the part of those who launched it many years ago, but because it focused on the wrong kind of punishment. Despite what many lawmakers think, when laws are imposed to make the punishment for drug crimes harsher and harsher, it does not actually teach the users a lesson, Christie says. Instead, the punishment for non-violent offenders should be drug treatment. Christie, himself, passed a law in New Jersey abolishing mandatory prison sentences for first-time, non-violent offenders. Instead, those types of drug offenders must submit to mandatory, inpatient treatment.

While Christie’s solution focuses on changing the way drug users are punished, he does not support changing the criminalization of drug use. He is a strong opponent to legalizing any drugs, especially marijuana, as he points out marijuana is often a gateway drug to heavier, more serious drug use. Also, he states it is a slippery slope in terms of deciding what drugs to legalize next. Further, he believes decriminalization and legalization of any drugs sends the wrong message to children. His view is that all drugs should remain illegal and the punishment should aid in fixing the problem of addiction.

The issue of addiction actually hits home for the governor since one of his friends from law school died of a drug overdose in 2014. As Christie describes him, the friend had “it all,” it would seem – a wife who was a doctor, three beautiful daughters, a great job at a top New Jersey law firm. But, eventually, the friend’s addiction to alcohol and prescription painkillers led to a divorce, the loss of his job, the loss of his driver’s license and, ultimately, death.

The friend, who Christie did not name, was found alone in a hotel room, dead at the age of 52 and surrounded by alcohol and prescription pill bottles. While the families of both men were close and would often vacation together, now Christie simply says he misses his friend. He also points out that his friend is an example of how the problem of addiction has no socioeconomic boundaries and is a disease that can strike anyone.

Christie’s viewpoint on how to solve the drug problem may set him apart from his fellow Republicans who take a stricter stance on the issue. However, Christie believes his position is actually in line with his conservative pro-life position. He argues that requiring treatment for the problem of addiction is simply another form of valuing life. He says he values life at every phase and his views on addiction and treatment are no different, but are actually in line with his belief in cherishing a human being’s life.

On the topic of addiction and personal battles, Chris Christie acknowledges that his personal battle with his weight has been challenging and difficult, but he is not prepared to call obesity an addiction. He states that he knows how hard it is to lose weight and how hard it has been for him personally, but he is reluctant to tell others how to do it and reluctant to call it an addiction because he states simply he does not know the answer to that question.

Another question Christie is not ready to answer – whether he will run for the U.S. Presidency in 2016. He again simply states that he does not know the answer to that question at this time.

By Jennifer Fernicola Ronay

Sources:
CNN
NJ Spotlight
Daily Caller

5 Responses to "Christie: The War on Drugs Failed"

  1. barbleighton48   October 5, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    WHAT WAR…us was Bomb-Barded w/DRUG after the reagans WAR On Drugs …a JOKE

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  2. Anthea Gordon   October 1, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Brian – I’m sorry that I cannot agree that the legalisation of marijuana will help in any way. Here in South Africa at the biggest drug rehabilitation centre in Johannesburg the statistics show that out of every 1000 heroin addicts, more than 900 started on the slippery slope downhill after starting on marijuana. More than 90% of all murders and rapes are in some way connected to drugs.

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  3. Brian Kelly   October 1, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    The “War on Marijuana” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our tax dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    Even The President of the United States has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in prison today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record.Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less marijuana “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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  4. Brian Kelly   October 1, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Fear of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever. So please all you prohibitionists, we beg you to give your scare tactics, “Conspiracy Theories” and “Doomsday Scenarios” over the inevitable Legalization of Marijuana a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

    Furthermore, if all you prohibitionists get when you look into that nice, big and shiny, crystal ball of yours, while wondering about the future of marijuana legalization, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest you return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money you shelled out for it, since it is obviously defective.

    The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol.

    If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about “saving us all” from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

    Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?

    Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and or practice a little live and let live. They’ll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.

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  5. Douglas Cobb   October 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Great article on Chris Christie and the war on drugs!

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