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New Jersey Pot Creates Thorny Issue of Police Toking: The Dose

April 25, 2022, 11:00 AM

This week, guest writer Elise Young takes a look at the debate being sparked among police forces, lawmakers and local leaders by New Jersey’s recent legalization.

Legal — except if you make arrests?

Like any other New Jerseyans enjoying the recreational marijuana sales that started on April 21, police officers are free to use.

But two mayors are saying no way. The police union is telling members it’s best not to chance it. And Governor Phil Murphy says that if a bill barring off-duty cops from partaking lands on his desk, he would consider it.

Other state and local governments addressed this ...