Attorney General of New Jersey announces that, in the majority of circumstances, police officers would not be subjected to marijuana drug testing!

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NJ cops won't be drug tested for marijuana in most cases, AG says

If a New Jersey police officer is suspected of using or being under the influence of marijuana while on duty, or if their post requires federal drug testing, they will no longer be subject to random drug testing for cannabis.

Along with other drug-free workplace protections included in the New Jersey marijuana legalization laws, police can be tested for cannabis under the most recent adjustment to the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Drug Testing Policy.

Law enforcement personnel can be tested for cannabis use if they perform federally regulated jobs or hold one of the following licenses:

  • assigned to a federal task force
  • holding a federally-regulated license that requires drug testing, such as a pilot license or commercial driver’s license
  • working for a law enforcement agency that receives a federal contract or grant which requires drug testing.

In spite of several attempts to reach New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan, he has remained silent. According to PBA social media posts, the changes “give police clear instructions and protection” and are the result of months of talks.

In response to an inquiry, a representative from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office did not respond.

For some time now, the relationship between law enforcement and legal marijuana has been a sticky one. Officials in law enforcement “may not take any adverse action against any officers because they do or do not consume cannabis off-duty,” Attorney General Matt Platkin wrote in a message to police chiefs in April 2022.

That decision, however, seemed to run counter to a memo issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in September 2011 that explicitly stated that firearms licenses cannot be issued or sold to any “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled dangerous substance,” including a card-carrying medical marijuana patient or even a recreational marijuana user in their home state.

Guns “issued for the use of the United States or any department or agency thereof or any state or any department or agency thereof or any political subdivision thereof” are exempt from the laws.

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