Chris Christie slams Colorado's pot rules

By: CBS
By: CBS

Trenton, NJ (CBS) - The state of Colorado has already collected millions in taxes since the first stores selling recreational marijuana opened in January, but one prominent governor -- and potential presidential candidate -- doesn't think legalizing the narcotic is worth the revenue.

"For the people who are enamored with the idea with the income, the tax revenue from this, go to Colorado and see if you want to live there," Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., said Monday night on "Ask the Governor," a monthly radio show.

"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," Christie said. "To me, it's just not the quality of life that we want to have here in the state of New Jersey, and there's no tax revenue that's worth that."

While "quality of life" may be a subjective measurement, Gallup's Well-Being Index reveals that the quality of life remained relatively high in Colorado and Washington State after recreational marijuana use among adults was legalized by voters in those states in 2012. The Index didn't specifically consider pot use but was based on a series of metrics such as emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior and work environment. It ranked Colorado as the state with the seventh-highest well being in 2013, the first year recreational pot use was permitted. Washington was ranked ninth, while New Jersey was ranked 21st.
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