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Marijuana Minute, July 25 2014: GOP Heavyweights Find Wedge Issue in Legalized Marijuana

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Two prominent GOP heavyweights seem to have found a Wedge Issue in Medicinal Marijuana for the upcoming Republican Primary Election.
New Jersey Governor Christie has long been outspoken against the legalization of marijuana. New Jersey, where medicinal marijuana was legalized in 2009, still has fewer than 1500 patients. And Christie has stated that he did not want the program to be a stepping stone to full legalization. In a visit to Colorado this week, Christie also slammed the legalized marijuana movement in that state. Despite the growing evidence that legalized marijuana does not increase crime, Christie claims that legalized marijuana leads to a loss of quality of life. “There are head shops popping up on every corner, and people flying into your airport just to get high. To me, it’s not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey.”, he stated.
By contrast, Kentucky senator Rand Paul filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patients and physicians in those states, from federal prosecution. With 33 states enacting some sort of legal marijuana this bill purports to support and defend States Rights on the issue.

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