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Recreational marijuana sales begin in New Jersey, reversing decades of prohibition and making good on Gov. Phil Murphy's 2017 campaign promise.

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2022, 4:12 PM

Updated 787 days ago

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Recreational marijuana sales begin in New Jersey, reversing decades of prohibition and making good on Gov. Phil Murphy's 2017 campaign promise.
There is a controversy, however, over whether police officers can use marijuana off-duty. The state's acting attorney general says yes – some mayors say no.
News 12’s Alex Zdan speaks with Edmund DeVeaux, the head of the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association and Senate President Scutari about all things marijuana. He also spoke with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
Also, the Supreme Court declines to hear New Jersey's case to restore the full tax deduction for your property taxes.
Regarding Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop's decree that city police officers are not allowed to use cannabis, even off duty, Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin says in a statement, "As Acting Attorney General, public safety is my top priority, and I share concerns about how legal cannabis impacts the role of police in our State. As I explained in my memo to law enforcement chief executives last week, New Jersey’s law legalizing and regulating cannabis is clear and we are obligated to comply. I welcome conversations on how best to protect public safety. Any efforts by local governments to subject officers to additional requirements in the interim, however, may present employment law issues that we anticipate will be handled between those governments and officers in the appropriate course."


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