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New Jersey Hemp Farming Act

Lost amidst the cannabis news last week indicating that adult use marijuana may be heading to a voter referendum in 2020 while medical marijuana likely will expand this year, the Senate introduced legislation to establish NJ's hemp program.… Read more

Dems' Strategy Towards the Mueller Report Reminiscent of Dreaded Prevent Defense

Ask any football fan – particularly a Giants' fan – about their worst experiences in watching a pro football game, and most will tell you it is when their team squanders a lead by going into the prevent defense late in the game. To those who are not football fans, the prevent defense is a defensive alignment where the defense late in the game seeks to prevent the offense from scoring a touchdown or completing a long pass on a single play by allowing short gains in the hope that the clock will run out before the offensive team overcomes their lead.… Read more

Lawsuit Challenges Essex County Prosecutor's Refusal to Disclose Police Videos and Name of Newark Officer Who Fatally Shot Fleeing Motorist

Last week, CJ Griffin filed an OPRA lawsuit on behalf of Richard Rivera against the Essex County Prosecutor's Office (ECPO) relating to its refusal to disclose the name of a Newark police officer who shot at a fleeing vehicle during a pursuit in January 2019, killing the driver and injuring the passenger. The lawsuit also seeks access to footage from police body-worn cameras and dash cameras.… Read more

Mueller Report Contains Devastating Evidence of Obstruction of Justice by Trump

Put aside the unprofessional and unethical summary of the Mueller Report by Attorney General Barr almost two weeks ago because it is a distraction. Put aside the outright lies by Donald Trump that he was exonerated by the Mueller Report because it's a distraction. And let's have the self-discipline to put aside the pathetic attempt by Attorney General Barr to do a Roy Cohn imitation yesterday and mount a defense of Donald Trump.… Read more

The Legal Implications of Governmental Social Media Use

Approximately 77 percent of Americans have profiles on social networking sites and two-thirds of Americans say they get at least some of their news on social media. Thus, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can be powerful and effective tools for government agencies that want to provide information directly to the public about their services, emergencies, or community events.… Read more

Cannabis Banking Bill Advances in Congress

Yesterday the House Financial Services Committee voted 45-15 (with significant bi-partisan support) to advance the SAFE (Secure and Fair Enforcement) Banking Act for a vote before the full House of Representatives, which, if enacted, will enable banks and insurance companies to service state-legal cannabis businesses.… Read more