Americans pleased with the country’s progress toward marijuana legalization should be wary of a Donald Trump presidency, cannabis advocates say.
Their reason: The possibility that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), one of the country’s most outspoken anti-marijuana elected officials, would be Trump’s attorney general.
Trump told Denver NBC affiliate 9News on Friday that marijuana policy should be “up to the states.” But his close relationship with Christie, an early Trump endorser and former U.S. attorney likely to be on Trump’s short list for attorney general, is giving pause to activists familiar with Christie’s record.
Chris Goldstein, a columnist forand communications director for Philly NORML, the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said Christie “would really be the one running that White House and that would be awful for legalization.”
“Donald Trump will say anything to get elected. He really has not been able to pin down a position on this issue,” Goldstein told HuffPost at a Democratic National Convention marijuana welcome party last week at Connie’s Ric Rac, a bar in South Philadelphia’s Italian Market. “Chris Christie is the most vocal anti-marijuana voice in America today ― literally.”
Christie, while campaigning for president a year ago, said Colorado residents who smoke marijuana should “enjoy it” now, because he would enforce federal laws against marijuana on states that have legalized it. In March 2015, he called tax revenue generated from the sale of recreational marijuana “blood money.”