Christie would veto marijuana decriminalization

Posted: June 23, 2012

Gov. Christie said Friday he would veto a measure to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Christie, a Republican, made the comments at a town hall event Friday in Readington, Hunterdon County. It's the first time the former federal prosecutor has publicly taken a position on the issue.

He is focused on implementing a strict state medical-marijuana program, Christie said, and easing up on pot laws would be contrary to that goal. The state shouldn't undercut federal drug laws, he added.

An Assembly panel unanimously approved a measure last month that would make possession of 15 grams or less of the plant a civil offense, punishable by a fine, rather than a criminal offense.

A vote in the full Assembly was postponed in order to draft amendments. - AP

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