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According to a memo from acting New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin, off-duty police officers are permitted to consume cannabis products.
The note was dispatched out a week before in a few retail locations on April 21.
In November 2020, the law was approved by New Jersey voters, which allowed the sale of cannabis goods to persons aged 21 and older.
The senior law enforcement officer of New Jersey received a memo to police officers and directors, reminding them that the Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act, which Gov. signed into law 14 months ago, said agencies "may not take any adverse action against any officers because they do or do not use cannabis off duty.
De asemenea, "an employee shall not be subjected to any adverse action by an employer only because to the presence of cannabinoid metabolites in the employee's bodily fluid," said the memo.
Cannabis is lacking a scientifically similar and immediate evaluation, unlike alcohol, for which there is a reliable breathalyzer testing for intoxication. Cannabis usage can be detected in urine and other tests weeks after consumption.
But to be clear, there should be zero tolerance for cannabis use, possession, or intoxication while performing the duties of a law enforcement officer, Platkin said in his memo. And there should be zero tolerance for unregulated marijuana consumption by officers at any time, on or off duty, while working in this State. The safety of our communities and our officers requires no less.
"Law enforcement agencies will continue to maintain a drogue- and alcohol-free workplace, which prohibits marijuana/cannabis, whether regulated or illegal," said the memo.
The memo was the first to be published on Thursday.
The publication of the letter prompted Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer, R-Gloucester, to issue a complaint criticizing Platkin, claiming that marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
"Everyone who wants to work in public safety must be held to higher standards," says the author.
"Our members and women of the law enforcement have the responsibility to make life-changing decisions on a daily basis, for themselves, their partners, and for the public. I want to trust that they are at their best when doing so. "The attorney general's directive...leaves much to be desired."
"The Attorney General's memo assures us that the State Police will update their drug testing policy shortly. What good will this do if there is no reliable test, no reasonable measure of what constitutes marijuana intoxication?" Sawyer's statement said. "We trust our police officers and troopers to be clear-thinking, engaged, and responsible. Marijuana use does not promote any of these things."
S.P. Sullivan, a NJ Advance Media Staff writer, contributed to this report.
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