Chris Christie Is Really Against Legalized Pot

Gov. Christie is not a fan of Colorado’s legalized pot, Politico reports:

“See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there’s head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into your airport just to come and get high,” Christie said on a local radio show in New Jersey on Monday, according to CNN. “To me, it’s just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey and there’s no tax revenue that’s worth that.”

For what it’s worth, the people of Colorado seem to like it just fine.

Philadelphia 4/20 Protest Features No Marijuana Smoking After Show of Police Force

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Photo | Dan McQuade

4/20 is now enough of an actual holiday that NBC’s hockey coverage made a pot joke yesterday. But while people in Colorado lit up legally on 4/20 for the first time, Philadelphia’s pro-marijuana legalization rally yesterday featured no smoking whatsoever.

The “Smoke Down Prohibition” protests at Independence Hall have been around since 2012. While the first several protests went by without incident, National Park Service and other federal police eventually started to make arrests. Several protesters were arrested in May 2013. The federal government eventually warned of “serious penalties” for anyone smoking pot at Independence Hall. After an arrest on June 30th of last year, local pot activist Chris Goldstein is now banned from pot protests at Independence Hall. He also received a $3,000 fine and two years supervised probation. “My probation officer noted it was the harshest sentence for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance on federal land he’s ever seen,” Goldstein said in a statement.

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50 Things About Wawa for Wawa’s 50th Anniversary

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AP Photo | Courtesy of Wawa Inc.

Fifty years ago today, the first Wawa opened at the corner of MacDade Blvd. and Swarthmore Ave. in Folsom, Pennsylvania. Today, you can get free coffee at any of Wawa’s locations. (Here’s a Wawa store locator.) To celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, here are 50 things about the Philadelphia area’s favorite convenience store.

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Chris Christie Opposed to Relaxed Pot Laws in New Jersey

With marijuana now legal in Colorado and Washington and the sky still unlikely to fall to the ground anytime soon, other states are considering following their lead in legalizing pot as a way to raise revenue, improve the public’s relations with the police and in general stop wasting everyone’s time.

We all know who loves a good time-waster, of course: Chris Christie, who says he is opposed to any relaxed pot laws. The Inquirer‘s Jan Hefler notes Christie’s recent opposition at a town-hall meeting:

In a town hall in Flemington last week, Christie, a Republican, told the crowd that he would not decriminalize or legalize marijuana, because it would be “the wrong message to send to children” and young adults. Legalization would allow the “state-sanctioned use of marijuana for people who do not have a legitimate need for it,” he said, adding he supports marijuana use for medical ailments.

I don’t know. People are always complaining about young people not being interested in politics. What better way to find the future leaders of tomorrow than by getting them into politics because of a pot bill!

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Philly One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Pot

Philly.com reports: “City Council’s committee on law and government favorably passed a bill that would end mandatory custodial arrests for the crime of possessing a small amount of marijuana. … Sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney, the ordinance now goes before the full City Council Thursday for first reading.” Later this week, though, another council committee will consider sharply restricting the sale and use of e-cigarettes in Philadelphia.

Joe Biden: Not Down With Pot Legalization

Joe Biden has decided to betray every principle the Onion version of him stands for:

Just weeks after President Barack Obama told the New Yorker that the drug is no more dangerous than alcohol, Biden said the Administration supports smarter enforcement, but not outright legalization. “I think the idea of focusing significant resources on interdicting or convicting people for smoking marijuana is a waste of our resources,” Biden told TIME in an interview aboard an Amtrak train on the way to an event in Philadelphia. “That’s different than [legalization]. Our policy for our Administration is still not legalization, and that is [and] continues to be our policy.”

If enforcing the law is a bad idea, why have the law? [TIME]

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