Group of N.J. prosecutors endorses legalization of marijuana
MARCH 31, 2014, 6:29 PM LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014, 6:33 PM
BY REBECCA D. O’BRIEN
A group of municipal prosecutors has endorsed legalization of marijuana, a move that could signal growing support in the law enforcement community for reform of New Jersey’s drug laws.
At a sparsely attended meeting in February, the trustees of the New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association voted by a 7-2 margin on a verbal, non-binding resolution, affirming general support for legalization of pot, “with reasonable regulations,” according to the association’s president, Jon-Henry Barr.
“It is increasingly clear to me that we are doing this incorrectly,” said Barr, who is a municipal prosecutor in Clark and Kenilworth. “What we should be doing is strictly regulating it, taxing it, and treating it the way we do alcohol.”