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.