Christie Opposes Lawmaker's Push to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

"We have spent millions of dollars on enforcement" of marijuana laws, but the drug should be regulated the way alcohol is.

A New Jersey lawmaker is planning to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana, but it's not likely to go far as long as Chris Christie is governor.

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, a Democrat from Linden, is planning a news conference Monday to detail his plan.

New Jersey already allows medical marijuana, but its law for that program is perhaps the nation's most restrictive.

Christie last year signed a law making some changes to the program, including selling edible forms of cannabis to children who qualify. But he said at the time he would not liberalize the law any farther.

"I am done expanding the medical marijuana program, under any circumstances," Christie said back in December. "I'm not going to continue to expand it because what they [medical marijuana advocates] want is legalization, and they're not going to get legalization from this governor."

Colorado and Washington have laws legalizing recreational marijuana sales, and Scutari said he would point to the example of Colorado, which he said had created an industry that is boosting state revenue, increasing jobs, and experiencing few problems.

"We have spent millions of dollars on enforcement" of marijuana laws, but the drug should be regulated the way alcohol is, he said.

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