Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Marijuana: Nebraska and New Jersey take on Colorado

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

click to enlarge If only Colorado was more like New Jersey. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • If only Colorado was more like New Jersey.

The butthurt is flowing fast and furious among our fellow states, so let's get right to it.

First, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a person who called into his monthly radio show that decriminalized marijuana "may come down the road when I’m gone" but "it's not going to come while I’m here." 

He then chose the baffling tactic of trashing Colorado as compared to New Jersey. Now, I've never been to Jersey, and I've never heard of a reason to do so. Still, Christie persists:
"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. 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."

Anyway, Nebraska is also upset, but this is about having to arrest, prosecute and jail all those freedom-lovers leaving Colorado with their green — and they might want your tax dollars to help them do it.
In western Nebraska, Deuel County Sheriff Adam Hayward in Chappell said there is constant chatter among regional law enforcement officers — who are increasingly busy handling cases involving Colorado marijuana — that Colorado should shoulder some of the cost.

Hayward said political leaders in Lincoln don't appear to want to get involved.

“I don't know what it will take to get someone to stand up and do something to try to get some of our money back,” he said.

Attorney General Jon Bruning said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of taking Colorado to court over Nebraska's law enforcement costs, but a lawsuit was not imminent.

“We are very troubled by the fact that their change in law has become our problem, so you never say never,” he said.

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