State of New Jersey Archives: on Drugs


Jeff Bell: Decriminalizing pot will only produce more pot users

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Never legalize marijuana"?

A: Strongly support. Decriminalizing or legalizing pot will only produce more pot users. This would hurt our schools, our neighborhoods, our places of work, and families. We must view narcotics as a moral threat to society because they risk harm not just for the user, but those around him. In that light, it is extremely disappointing that the Obama Justice Department is effectively ignoring federal law by allowing two states, Colorado and Washington, to proceed in legalizing marijuana. Congress must speak up for the defense of the federal prohibition on narcotics. Otherwise we risk a society that is further broken by drug use when drugs are freely available for abuse.

Source: Email interview for 2014 N.J. Senate race with OnTheIssues Jul 1, 2014

Chris Christie: Drug courts: mandate treatment, not imprisonment

We must reach out a hand of compassion and common sense to those who commit non-violent crimes. We must do a better job of reclaiming their lives and putting them back on the road to success and engagement with society. My belief is simple: every human life is precious, and no life is disposable.

That is why I proposed last year to change our approach to non-violent drug offenders, and mandate treatment, not imprisonment. Together, we made this possible. The drug court program has been a success, thanks in part to your support in funding both the court and the treatment.

And I thank you for passage this past year of the Overdose Protection Act. We should not be prosecuting those Good Samaritans and health professionals who are trying to help in a life-threatening overdose situation.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to N.J. Legislature Jan 14, 2014

Chris Christie: Drug treatment rather than non-violent offenders in prison

Let us reclaim the lives of those drug offenders who have not committed a violent crime, by investing in drug treatment--in an in-house, secure facility--rather than putting them in prison.

Treating non-violent drug offenders is 2/3 less expensive than housing them in prison. And more importantly--as long as they have not violently victimized society--everyone deserves a second chance, because no life is disposable.

I am not satisfied to have this as merely a pilot project; I call for a transformatio of the way we deal with drug abuse and incarceration. So today I ask this Legislature to join me in this commitment that no life is disposable.

I propose mandatory treatment for every non-violent offender with a drug abuse problem, not just a select few. It will send a clear message to those who have fallen victim to the disease of drug abuse--we want to help you, not throw you away. We will require you to get treatment. Your life has value. Every one of God's creations can be redeemed.

Source: N.J. 2012 State of the State Address Jan 17, 2012

Joe Kyrillos: Keep medical marijuana restricted

ACR 151, Concerning Legislative Review of the NJ Medical Marijuana Program, Passed the N.J. Senate 22-16, with Joe Kyrillos voting NO, indicating opposition to expanding New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Program. Summary:
Source: N.J. Bill ACR 151 summary Dec 13, 2010

Cory Booker: Never attracted to drink and drugs, even as teenager

In a city not known for its salad bars, Booker is an anomaly, and his vegetarian diet is only part of it. He has no known vices or addictions (except books--a friend once joked that Booker's crack den was Barnes and Noble); drink and drugs have never held any allure. During high school, friends would offer him money just to see him take a sip of beer.

In mission and temperament, Booker is the quintessential designated driver. "TV, food, alcohol, sex--they're all things we can fill our lives with that can distract us from our purpose," he says. "I was one of those kids who wanted to be a good kid," he notes.

Source: Oprah Magazine on 2013 N.J. Senate race Sep 1, 2010

Joe Pennacchio: Strengthen penalties for meth & other drug offenses