New Jersey police officers are unlikely to be banned from using recreational cannabis as legal sales begin this week in the Garden State.
New Jersey State Senate President Nick Scutari (D-Union) said regulating people’s behavior while free was a “very dangerous slippery slope” and that it was “not unwilling to come down”. Scutari made his comments at an event held at Rowan University.
This effectively kills any attempt to prevent law enforcement from enjoying cannabis recreationally when off duty.
Governor Phil Murphy said he was “open-minded” talk about such a ban. Murphy said if there were “reasonable steps” to ban cannabis use by police and all first responders, he would “absolutely” consider it.
MP Beth Sawyer (R-Gloucester) has previously proposed such a ban, saying law enforcement must be held to a higher standard.
Our men and women in law enforcement have a responsibility to make life-changing decisions every day, for themselves, their partners, for the public,” Sawyer said, “I want to be sure they are at their best when they do. ”
Democratic Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) has also proposed a “zero tolerance” policy for the use of marijuana for law enforcement.
Without Scutari’s support, however, no ban would ever make it to Murphy’s office to be enacted.
Before Murphy made his comments, Attorney General Matthew Platkin had already sent a memo to police departments across the state.
The memo stated that departments “cannot take any adverse action against an officer because he or she does or does not use cannabis while off duty.” This includes whether officers test positive for weed use on drug screens.
However, this does not mean that they can come to work under the influence of any substance.
Murphy made that clear when he spoke at an event on Monday, saying anyone who shows up for work while impaired “will be treated aggressively.”
Eric Scott is the senior policy director and anchor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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In 2012, the Nets made their debut in Brooklyn, but before that, New Jersey had been the home of the Nets since 1977.
The franchise was born in 1967, under the name of New Jersey Americans. They played their games at Teaneck as part of the American Basketball Association. A year later they moved to Long Island, becoming the New York Nets.
It was there that the team won two ABA championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76. The following year, the Nets, along with three other basketball franchises, were absorbed into the NBA in a merger agreement, abolishing the ABA.
When the Nets first moved to New Jersey, they played their home games at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. Then, in 1981, they moved into the house many of us remember most, the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford (later named Continental Airlines Arena, then Izod center).
After years of losing, the Nets reached back-to-back NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03. In 2002-03, the last time they sniffed the championship, the team lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
It would be the last time the Nets would sniff out the title, but their efforts added them to New Jersey lore forever.