I’m confused.

There’s a federal ban on sports betting in Atlantic City…yes?

Ok, and as long as we’ve determined that Atlantic City was behind the 8 ball in casino revenue; and as long as Governor Christie was behind every effort to get Atlantic City back on its feet, then the announcement
to defy the federal ban on sports betting in Atlantic City was welcome news to many.

His quote: "We intend to go forward and allow sports betting to happen," Christie said. "If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us."

So far, so good.

It makes money…so it must be good.

However, decriminalizing small amounts of pot, as far as I can tell, does not make money.

And as long as there’s still a federal ban on marijuana, the Governor feels that if a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana comes to his desk, he will veto it.

"The federal government still says marijuana is an illegal drug," Christie said during a town hall meeting in Readington, attended by more than 500 people.

"I don’t think we should send any sort tacit approval to our children that somehow this is not bad anymore," he said, triggering applause.

(My own observation: an audience of sheep!)

The remarks come as the Assembly is expected to vote Monday on the bill (A1465), which would make minor pot possession as serious as a speeding ticket.

Currently, those caught with small amounts of marijuana face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, in addition to a possible driver’s license suspension and hundreds of dollars in court fees.

(My own observation: ridiculous!)

Under the bill, people caught with 15 grams or less of marijuana would be subject to a $150 fine for a first violation, a $200 fine for a second violation, and a $500 fine for a third or subsequent violation, with $50 going toward drug education programs, according to the bill.

Judges could order a drug evaluation for an offender arrested three times, according to the bill.

Perhaps it’s a matter of dollars and cents, or perhaps it’s a matter of choosing which federal bans to obey and which to defy.

We also have to keep in mind the fact that the Governor has said he’d rather put nonviolent drug offenders in a drug treatment program than jail.

“He says it's time to empty prisons of inmates who are drug-dependent but not criminals.”

OK, so let’s be clear. Nonviolent drug offenders…not necessarily criminals, but if you possess a small amount of marijuana, according to the Governor's logic, we could send your ass to jail for up to 6 months.


Take it a step further, and add, if we were too allow sports betting in Atlantic City in defiance of a federal ban, would that not be criminal?

Still confused?

So am I!


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