Jersey City Says Armed Cops Cannot Use Cannabis Off Duty. Police Union Says That’s ‘Pure Hogwash’

Lawyers representing a Jersey City police union say the city’s federal lawsuit that targets New Jersey for allowing Garden State police officers to use cannabis is nothing more than a “political agenda masquerading” as a civil complaint and should be dismissed.

Attorney Peter Paris, who filed the motion to dismiss the case late Wednesday on behalf of the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association, argues the city faces no real threat if it follows the state’s marijuana legalization law — known as the CREAMM Act — and permits its cops to use cannabis. The city wants a federal judge to allow it to fire officers who use cannabis while off duty.

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