New Jersey's cannabis laws are constantly changing and evolving, as both state and local governments work to find the right balance between public safety and the potential benefits of legalization. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most recent developments, from New Jersey police officers no longer being randomly drug tested for cannabis, to the state's efforts to prioritize licenses for businesses run by people with marijuana convictions on their records.
First, let's look at the recent change in New Jersey police officers no longer being randomly drug tested for marijuana. This change was made in response to the confusing legal landscape that existed between the 2020 election and February 22, 2021, when cannabis was decriminalized but not yet legal in the state. The end result of this new policy is that police officers can only be drug tested for cannabis if there is reasonable suspicion that they are using or under the influence of the drug.
Next, we'll take a look at the special program that New Jersey has in place to prioritize granting licenses to dispensaries run by people with marijuana convictions on their records. This program is part of the state's efforts to ensure that the legal weed market is more inclusive and accessible to people of all backgrounds. Two New Jersey cannabis businesses have already won local approval to convert two former diners in South Jersey into legal dispensaries, and many more are expected to follow.