Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says he wants to recriminalize recreational marijuana

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
Updated July 29, 2015 01:40 PM
Credit: Richard Drew/AP

Heads up out there: Recreational marijuana use would be illegal again everywhere under a President Chris Christie.

The New Jersey governor, who’s seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, promised in New Hampshire on Tuesday that wherever casual pot use has been legalized (that would be Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and the District of Columbia), the party will come to a screeching halt if he’s sworn in as America’s 45th president.

“If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie said at a town hall meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.”

Although 23 states – including Christie’s New Jersey, over his objection – have enacted laws allowing marijuana use for various medical conditions, using the drug continues to be a criminal offense under federal law.

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Christie faulted the Obama administration for failing to enforce that federal law.

“That’s lawlessness,” Christie said.

On Fox News’ Fox and Friends Wednesday, Christie elaborated: “Marijuana is against the law in the states and it should be enforced in all 50 states … That’s the law and the Christie administration will support it.”