A new lawsuit from two Jersey City police officers who were fired for testing positive for marijuana says that the city’s policy of punishing law enforcement for off-duty cannabis use—which defies a state-level policy—is merely an effort by Mayor Steven M. Fulop (D) to “win over more conservative voters needed for his gubernatorial campaign.”
Mayor Steve Fulop
Jersey City, welcoming two new cannabis dispensaries. Ript Dispensary and FLWR are gearing up to launch their recreational sales, ending the anticipation of many eager users.
Ript Dispensary is poised to become the first recreational cannabis vendor in Jersey City.
Mayor Steve Fulop even attended the opening of Ript Dispensary last month when they initially began medicinal sales.
Their website extends an invitation to "get ript together," offering a range of products from flowers and prerolls to concentrates, vapes, and edibles.
Norhan Mansour is the cop at the center of the commission’s decision. According to court documents, she was chosen for a random drug test on Sept. 20, 2022, that turned up positive for cannabis (this was five months after the state’s recreational cannabis market opened). During a disciplinary hearing in November, she conceded that she had ingested cannabis gummies the night before the test, and afterward she was fired, the documents show.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, an early supporter of legalized cannabis, cut the ribbon at 220 Broadway, which used to be Wilson’s Carpet, this afternoon.
“We were one of the state leaders advocating for legalization. We were the first to push for decriminalization. I’m excited we’re finally seeing the state move forward with licenses so the local governments can open,” Fulop declared.
“Ript has been committed to the neighborhood for some time. I think they’re going to do really well here.”
She also vowed to engage, inform, and advocate, specifically on ongoing projects like revitalizing the housing authority, building a community center and pool, and preventing the Story Dispensary from opening at the site of the old Hudson Tavern.
While the dispensary has full municipal approval, it is awaiting a hearing from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission as the condo association, dispensary, and building owners, which includes Jaclyn Fulop, the wife of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, remain embroiled in litigation.
The Hoboken City Council voted 5-4 last Wednesday to support the application of Story cannabis dispensary, at Fourteenth and Hudson streets, to New Jersey's Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
The vote cleared another hurdle for the dispensary, which had received Hoboken Planning Board approval last month.
But some Hoboken residents, particularly neighbors of the proposed site and a councilwoman who represents them, still oppose the proposal.
Assemblyman Raj Mukherji’s involvement in a cannabis dispensary plan in Hoboken is leading to allegations of unfair political influence by critics of the plan who are intent on keeping the dispensary from opening.
On Monday a councilwoman who is dead-set against the proposed Story location said the Fulops may benefit from some changes in Hoboken zoning laws related to the property where the dispensary would be located ― the former Hudson Tavern at 51-53 14th Street.
The ground-floor unit is owned an LLC registered to Drew Nussbaum, treasurer of the well-funded, Fulop-linked super PAC Coalition for Progress, and he’s also a business partner of Jaclyn Fulop.
More than 12,000 recreational cannabis customers bought products on April 21, the first day of legal sales in New Jersey. They spent just shy of $2 million, according to the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission. But several mayors and lawmakers are getting behind an effort to bar cannabis use for off-duty police officers.
On the eve of New Jersey beginning recreational marijuana sales, Jersey City has issued a directive banning all local police officers from marijuana consumption and will fire those caught doing so.
The directive was announced by Mayor Steven Fulop on Twitter today, saying that the city disagrees with new statewide rules and is more aligned with federal standards.