Republican Attitudes Are Shifting On Marijuana – Despite Chris Christie’s Vow

On Sunday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie set out his stall firmly against legalised cannabis on CBS’s Face The Nation, vowing to clamp down using federal law on states such as Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska that have legalised the drug.

Cannabis is still – technically – prohibited by federal law; however, the Obama administration has allowed legalisation to go ahead on a state-by-state basis so far without federal interference. Hillary Clinton, the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has indicated that she will maintain this uneasy status quo.

Florida senator Marco Rubio – a Republican candidate for president – in April also spoke out against legalised marijuana, saying that he thought the federal laws should be enforced. He explained to radio host Hugh Hewitt: “I don’t believe we should be in the business of legalising additional intoxicants in this country, for the primary reason that when you legalise something, you’re sending a message to young people [that]it can’t be that bad, because if it was that bad, it wouldn’t be legal.”

You might be forgiven for believing that Christie and Rubio are representative of the Republican party attitude. Traditionally, the Republicans have been tough on drugs as part of being tough on crime. But that attitude is changing fast.

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.