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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced in a press release that $5.5 million in cannabis tax funds will be going toward New Jersey Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program (NJHVIP).
The money comes directly from the state’s Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Fund. According to state law, cannabis tax funds consist of money that comes from cannabis taxes and fees to fund a variety of community services and programs.
After New Jersey’s largest weed supplier, Curaleaf, was banned by state regulators from selling recreational cannabis in April, the company enlisted a former New Jersey attorney general to fight the order.
Chris Porrino, a state attorney general under Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, immediately appealed the decision in the company’s bid to keep its ability to sell recreational cannabis.
Four Jersey City police officers plan to sue the city after they were suspended without pay for testing positive for cannabis use while they were off-duty.
The officers, who were not named, are asking to be reinstated with back pay, said their attorney, Peter Paris, NJ.com reported.
Paris maintained that the disciplinary actions, which were made against the men earlier this year, are contradictory to a directive by state Attorney General Matthew Platkin, who said off-duty officers are allowed to use cannabis.
Matt Platkin will become the first state attorney general in more than a dozen years to argue a case before the New Jersey Supreme Court when he appears on Tuesday.
Platkin will present the state’s argument in two consolidated cases that will determine if a defendant with a “prior conditional discharge for a disorderly persons offense of marijuana possession eligible for the Pretrial Intervention program (PTI) if the prior offense was expunged.”
The attorney general of New Jersey last week issued a new directive on drug testing requirements for law enforcement agencies, a necessary update following the launch of the state’s legal cannabis market earlier this year.
Matthew Platkin, who was confirmed as the state’s AG last month, said that following the opening of the regulated marijuana industry in April, “many law enforcement agencies delayed the random drug testing of officers under the AG Drug Testing Policy to allow time for additional guidance and clarity.”