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Legalization in New Jersey? “Not on My Watch,” Gov. Chris Christie Says

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie renewed his pledge Wednesday not to legalize marijuana in New Jersey as he praised the efforts of a drug treatment center that is opening an outpatient facility in Ocean County.

Calling marijuana the gateway to other drugs, Christie said allowing the recreational use of marijuana contradicts drug treatment efforts and does not generate the level of taxes legalization proponents contend.

“This should not be permitted in our society,” he told a group gathered at the new Daytop New Jersey treatment center in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township. “It sends the wrong message. Every bit of objective data we have tells us that it’s a gateway drug to other drugs.”

He said the argument to legalize marijuana because alcohol is legal “is not an excuse” and leads to a “slippery slope” of advocating decriminalizing other drugs. [Read more from the Newark Star-Ledger]

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