Why is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie against profit?
You expect such an idea from a leftist. The big man is no leftist.
Christie’s anti-profit bias came up within a long, rambling answer to the subject of a recent bill in the New Jersey legislature to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. He’s against it. But he’s been for “medical” marijuana. Ed Krayewski of Reason quotes the governor, who insists that legal cannabis distribution “be a hospital-based program, that way the profit motive is drained out a lot from it.”
I get his logic. He doesn’t want recreational use, but realizes there are legitimate medical uses. To allow the latter but discourage the former, he wants to monopolize the sale of the drug.
It’s the old “monopoly” idea leveraged to discourage over-use. Post-Prohibition, many states set up liquor control boards and sold liquor in state-owned or state-franchised stores. My state, Virginia, still does. They raised prices on the product, and made it harder to get. More monopoly, higher cost, less product.
But turn the subject on its head.
We want medicine to be cheaper. More accessible and more efficiently delivered.
So why do states limit the setting up of hospitals with hospital boards? Why the prescription system? Why, even, medical licensing? After all, quality controls can be imposed other ways.
Modern medicine has been subjected to monopolistic practices and cartelizing regulations for years. Decades. A century.
Such intervention limits supply and availability, and increases costs.
I suspect that Gov. Christie hasn’t really thought his position all the way through.
(He might be high on government.)
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.