Cannabis Cartman Christie Attacks Reefer Madness Rubio


Florida Senator Marco Rubio had his momentum (or “Marcomentum,” if you will) blunted by New Jersey Chris Christie at the final Republican debate before the New Hampshire primary. Rubio had been seen as the “establishment” candidate with the most momentum following his strong third-place finish, just one point behind national frontrunner Donald Trump and five points behind Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz. Governor Christie relentlessly and brutally attacked Rubio for his lack of experience and his reliance upon talking points.

Embarrassingly, Sen. Rubio went back to his canned talking points again and again, claiming that President Barack Obama is deliberately attempting to change America and how the first-term Florida Senator is just the candidate to make our nation the greatest country in the history of the world again. Governor Christie, who you may have heard is a former federal prosecutor, treated Rubio as if he were a murder suspect being grilled about his alibi and the one-term senator seemed sweaty and shaken by the end of the interrogation, err debate. “Rubio chokes,” Politico’s Shane Goldmacher declared.

Political commentators quickly named Christie a winner of the debate and Marco Rubio the loser, although we shall see if their performances will make a difference in New Hampshire, where Christie really needs a good showing to stay relevant in the GOP race. The real winners, however, are the entire cannabis community and the majority of Americans that support ending prohibition. Chris Christie jumped out of the gate as the anti-cannabis candidate, stating that marijuana users were diseased and needed to be cured by law enforcement, but then he was joined by Marco Rubio who also stated that he would waste federal law enforcement resources to trample the will of the voters who have legalized marijuana in their state.

We’ve had some fun with Chris Christie, dubbing him the Cartman of the 2016 Republican primary because he thinks that the cannabis community should respect his authority (or is it authori-tah?) regardless of the suffering it will cause. Cannabis Cartman Christie has done us a huge favor by taking down Reefer Madness Rubio as the Florida Senator seemed to be galvanizing the Republican establishment and has been polling the best among the GOP candidates, drawing even with Bernie Sanders and beating Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the latest Quinnipiac University poll. As the GOP primary campaign moves along, the entire cannabis community and the concerned citizens that care about sensible drug policies can root for Christie and Rubio to bring each other down.

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Cannabis Cartman Christie blunted the momentum of Reefer Madness Rubio at the GOP debate Saturday night and the cannabis community won.




Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.