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New Jersey’s fight against police drug addicts

New Jersey’s fight against police drug addicts

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Those who call 911 are hoping they’re in good hands, but in New Jersey, they might be sent the stoner squad. The state says local police departments can’t prohibit even armed officers from using marijuana on their own time. A city’s lawsuit could restore the public’s right to set higher standards for its cops.

Jersey City filed a federal lawsuit against the state last week, asserting the right and duty to fire officers who use marijuana. The lawsuit was not the city’s first recourse. Since 2022, he has fired at least four officers who tested positive for drugs. All four fought to get their jobs back, and by August, state regulators ordered the city to reinstate two of them, with back pay.

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