New Jersey police officers will be allowed to purchase and consume marijuana once it's officially and legally for sale, just like any other potential customer, under the legal weed laws passed last year.
On Thursday, acting New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin issued a memo alerting police chiefs that law enforcement agencies "may not take any adverse action against any officers because they do or do not use cannabis off duty," which was codified in the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act, the Asbury Park Press reports.
Police officers are barred from possessing or using marijuana while on the clock, or performing any work while under the influence.
Platkin's memo comes three days after the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved 13 medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling legal weed to any adult over 21 years old, even those without a medical marijuana card.
Legal weed sales can't begin until a location has been inspected and issued a license. That's yet to occur at any of the 13 dispensaries.