New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: War on Drugs “A Failure”

POT TV – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who recently promised to veto a New Jersey bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, now says the Drug War is a “failure”.

“The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure,” Christie said on Monday speaking at The Brookings Institution. “We’re warehousing addicted people everyday in state prisons in New Jersey, giving them no treatment.”

See his comments at 24:00 in the video above.

Christie then called for mandatory drug treatment as an alternative to criminal penalties.

“It costs us $49,000 a year to warehouse a prisoner in New Jersey state prisons last year,” Christie said. “A full year of inpatient drug treatment costs $24,000 a year.”

Christie recently promised to veto a state bill to decriminalize pot, claiming it contradicts federal laws criminalizing marijuana.



  1. Anonymous on

    Marijuana ‘dependency’ does not meet the criteria for addiction; at worst it causes a mild psychological dependence (on par with watching TV).

    Honest follow up studies of drug treatment programs show little if any difference in recovery rates between those who were in ‘treatment’ programs and those who were not; on average every year 5% of addicts (hard drugs like heroin) give up their habit until by the tenth year it’s 50/50 with the latter half never recovering from addiction. The only exception is if an addict is incarcerated and can’t get his fix in jail then the ‘clock’ stops, and the day he’s released his desire for his drug of choice is no different than the day he entered prison. Drug treatment simply doesn’t work; but many programs skew the results to hide this fact as best they can; most people are willing to believe almost anything if their career depends on it.

    Paying $24,000 a year for treatment that doesn’t work any better than doing nothing is QUACKERY and should be banned.