Law enforcement officials in New Jersey have announced their opposition to legalization of marijuana, saying there’s currently no way for them to accurately monitor or arrest those driving under the influence of the drug.
New Jersey’s statewide association of police chiefs (NJSACOP) has released a statement officially opposing legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. The chiefs’ biggest concern is that there is not enough long-term data on record to be able to predict the impacts legalization would have on drivers and the community.
“The negative consequences related to the adoption of such legislation far outweigh any perceived benefits,” according to the press release. The organization said it would be creating a working group of law enforcement professionals to study the effects of legalization in other states and reach out to community leaders and healthcare workers to gather more information.