There’s a paranoia spreading across New Jersey in the wake of the sale of legalized recreational marijuana.

It’s a madness that should be reserved only for old black-and-white propaganda films.

It seemed to start with acting Attorney General Matt Platkin’s memo, reminding police departments across the state to not punish their officers for partaking in legal recreational marijuana — providing it was entirely on their off-duty hours and if they were never actively high while on-duty.

This was enough to set off bells and whistles among politicians and bureaucrats who have been fighting over the issue ever since.

Things have gotten worse.

Now there’s a municipality that is not only telling police officers to ignore their Attorney General, but they’re telling all of their workers that they don’t care about the legalization law and that their drug policy still stands.

No one on their off-time will be allowed to partake in legalized marijuana, even when their jobs don’t involve firearms or even public safety.

From Michael Symons’ article:

Woodland Park, a borough in Passaic County, told its workforce that its drug use policy hasn’t changed – whether for police on patrol, Department of Public Works employees operating heavy equipment, office staff meeting with residents or recreation staff working with kids.

Really Woodland Park? You have no accurate definitive test that will let you know one of your employees was actively high on the job yet you’ll just unfairly assume they were?

Here, go pee in a cup and the trace amount of THC from a completely now legal product that you may have consumed four weeks ago while on vacation will be enough for us to fire you.

And what’s the public interest here? There’s no safety concern because one of your employees might be speaking with a resident about some municipal matter. Are you kidding me?

This puritanical backlash since the sale of legalized marijuana began has already gotten way out of hand.

Times have changed. Accept it. I’m not suggesting it’s okay for anyone to show up at work while actually high. It’s not. But if you don’t have a test that can actually prove that then grow up.

Alcohol is a far more dangerous drug that has ruined and taken far more lives than marijuana.

Just because they figured out how to test for BAC and they haven’t yet perfected an equivalent one for marijuana doesn’t mean that this needs to continue to be demonized.

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The 2002-2003 New Jersey Nets: The last time the NBA Finals came through NJ

In 2012 the Nets made their Brooklyn debut, but before that, New Jersey was the home of the Nets dating back to 1977.

The franchise was born in 1967, under the name the New Jersey Americans. They played their games in Teaneck as part of the American Basketball Association. One year later they moved to Long Island, becoming the New York Nets.

It was there the team won two ABA championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76. The very next year the Nets, along with three other basketball franchises, were absorbed into the NBA as part of a merger deal, abolishing the ABA. 

When the Nets first moved to New Jersey, they played their home games at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. Then in 1981, they moved into the home many of us remember them in the most, the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford (later named the Continental Airlines Arena, then Izod center). 

After years of losing, The Nets made it to two straight NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03. In 2002-03, the final time they sniffed the championship, the team lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

It would be the last time the Nets sniffed the title, but their efforts added them to New Jersey lore forever.