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Governor Christie Says the War on Drugs is “a Failure” – Do We Really Want to Win It

Flikr user Bob Jagendorf
Flikr user Bob Jagendorf

It’s fair to say we’re losing the war on drugs.

This after countless amounts of money have been put into drug abuse prevention and treatment programs.

But do you feel as I do that maybe, just maybe, this is a war we don’t really want to win?
Think about it.

Look at all the money that’s going into the various programs.

If we were to “win” the war on drugs, that money goes away.

Here’s what the Governor had to say in DC earlier:

“The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure.”

“We’re warehousing addicted people every day in state prisons in New Jersey, giving them no treatment.”

Christie’s comments come after New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation recently that institutes a year of mandatory treatment for first-time, nonviolent drug offenders in lieu of jail time. The program is set to be activated in at least three counties during its first year and will expand across the state over the next five years.

“If you’re pro-life, as I am, you can’t be pro-life just in the womb,” Christie said, according to the report. “Every life is precious and every one of God’s creatures can be redeemed, but they won’t if we ignore them.”

He also argued that it makes economic sense.

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

However, it never made any sense to me that he would pass on a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot to keep those so called “non violent” drug offenders out of jail.

I guess his rationale is so not to give the impression that it’s all right to smoke pot.

But should someone go to jail for having a half ounce of pot on them? Do we send underage kids to jail for having a can of beer on them?

The Assembly has already passed a marijuana decriminalization bill. The Governor has already gone on record as saying he’d veto it.

Bullheaded, and not consistent…don’t you think?

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