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Governor Christie veto certain to result in deaths

Christie conditionally vetoes Good Samaritan Emergency Act

“This bill as drafted … fails to carefully consider all the interests that must be balanced when crafting immunities to the protections provided in our criminal laws,” Christie, a former U.S. attorney for New Jersey, wrote in a veto statement. “Thus, although the bill addresses perceived impediments to reporting drug overdoses, the proposal fails to consider the existing approaches to deterrence, public safety, prevention of violence, and the many social problems that accompany the rampant proliferation of drug distribution and use.”

This Good Samaritan bill was a bi-partisan effort. You can bet that the veto came from lobbying by law enforcement and prosecutors.

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15 comments to Governor Christie veto certain to result in deaths

  • dumb shit

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    • Maria

      Cruel dumb shit.

      No other word for it. Like the fat little boy who liked to pick wings off flies during recess.

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  • vickyvampire

    Eat shit Christie, Vote Gary Johnson, 2012.

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  • claygooding

    He was prosecutor and has delayed putting the mmj law, voted in by the people before he was elected,at every chance,,the first patients has not received the first medicine from providers and I bet he delays them again before any delivery is made,,he is playing straight out of the ONDCP playbook and delaying at every chance.

    I hope there is a hell,,cause I expect he has a room reserved.

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  • Servetus

    Christie’s veto of the Good Samaritan Emergency Act will frame the rest of his sordid political career.

    If anyone wants to know who Christie really is, there is no longer any question, his current veto solidifies it. Governor Chris Christie, the psychopath, is strutting his stuff.

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  • Francis

    If we started carving out exceptions to the drug war to reduce its destructive unintended consequences, we wouldn’t stop until we had completely dismantled it. The drug war is one long list of “unintended” consequences: the iron law of prohibition, more dangerous drugs (the modern-day equivalent of bathtub gin), more reluctance on the part of problem users to seek help, more overdose deaths, more HIV infections, more broken families, mass incarceration, official corruption, environmental damage, institutionalized racism, a massive diversion of scarce public resources, black market violence, the empowerment of organized crime, distrust between communities and police, etc., etc., ad infinitum. On at least some level, the drug warriors understand all this. And that’s why they tend to resist even the smallest, most commonsense reforms. As I’ve said before, the “logic” of the drug war is entirely harm promotion. The drug warriors are thus angered and confused by any attempts to advance harm reduction.

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    • claygooding

      It boils down to the money once more,,prohibition creates the problem and professional government tit suckers promise that for a few more billion dollars they can cause even more problems.

      A sign of a healthy bureaucracy is the yearly growth of it’s budget and the war on drugs budget received a 33% increase this year,,probably the largest increase in the bureaucratic race for the gold.

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      • Common Science

        Individual states were on a roll approving medicinal marijuana approximately one state a year till New Jersey joined the ranks as the fourteenth, in Feb 2009. It wasn’t easy getting past Christopher Christie, even though he wasn’t governor quite yet. He was the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey for the previous six years and his office fought to kill Bill S119 with the NIDA mantra that; “no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use.”

        New Jersey lawmakers tweaked intolerant compassion standards so this medical mj bill would only benefit the severely ill afflicted with one of five deadly diseases – under the most austere conditions at this point in med mj reform. (No sense opening the floodgates for pain management patients)

        The New Jersey Legislature approved a measure in early 2010, but not until after Governor-elect Christopher J. Christie still tried to run interference at the State House to derail it, and as Clay pointed out – he’s still the cracker on top of the alphabet soup agencies’ bowl for blocking its practical application.

        Christopher Christie factoid:
        During Christie’s tenure as chief federal law enforcement officer, his office deferred criminal prosecution of Bristol-Meyers Squibb in a $311-million fraud settlement deal that required the pharmaceutical company to dedicate $5 million for a ‘business ethics chair’ at Seton Hall University School of Law: Christie’s alma mater.

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  • kaptinemo

    Original: ” “Thus, although the bill addresses perceived impediments to reporting drug overdoses, the proposal fails to consider the existing approaches to deterrence, public safety, prevention of violence, and the many social problems that accompany the rampant proliferation of drug distribution and use.”

    Translation: It does not allow us to kill-by-proxy those who we right-wing authoritarians believe should not be allowed to live.

    There. Nothing like plain speaking, huh?

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  • darkcycle

    Kevin is a busy boy. I cannot WAIT to put him out of a job. *sigh* Though, I assume he’ll just go to work for a tobacco company…

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  • skootercat

    Most have seen this Daily Show segment. Jon Stewart is spot on about Christie: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/28/jon-stewart-criticizes-christie-marijuana-video_n_1633909.html

    Clay, the people did not vote for this bill. We have no I/R. The NJ CUM ACT was a compassionate move by the legislature of that day and Jon Corzine signed the bill in the 11th hour of his administration. Since, the bill has fallen into the hands of the Christie cabal as Common Science so well reports. Good factoid. It is NJ.

    I was speaking with a NJ MS patient the other day having just obtained a PIN access number allowing purchase of NJ’s mythical 10% THC medical marijuana. It’s reported a center will open in Montclair, NJ “soon.” The distance patient lives from Montclair is about 75 miles and must go only there, even when a proposed center plans to open a few miles from home. No protection from LE now. No home grow. No edibles. It may well be the most restrictive mmj law on the planet…so restrictive, there’s no mmj! NORMLNJ has filed a lawsuit. It is NJ.

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  • mr Ikesheeny

    http://gothamist.com/2012/10/10/former_high_times_publisher_will_ru.php Pardon this pun drenched copy, but even in this decrim state still persecutes WOsD. Richard Stratton plans to run for governor of the empire state. Good luck getting on the ballot in that party of slick Willard!

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