Various kinds of pain and anxiety are among the conditions that will be eligible for treatment with medical marijuana under new rules unveiled by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday, NJ Spotlight reports. The state Department of Health is also planning to increase the potency of medical marijuana that is allowed. Meanwhile, supporters of marijuana legalization are calling on the courts to expunge criminal records for nonviolent and minor possession offenses, although some have expressed concern that the courts could be flooded with such requests.
HACKENSACK PROHIBITS ICE AGENTS FROM ENTERING SCHOOLS
The Hackensack Board of Education unanimously approved a policy on Monday to deny federal immigration enforcement agents from entering schools if they do not have a warrant, The Record writes. The new policy also prevents school employees from requesting information that identifies the immigration status of students.
NJ JOINING LAWSUIT OVER CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON CENSUS FORMS
The state is joining a multistate coalition that is suing the Trump administration over its decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, the Observer reports. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that adding the question would discourage immigrants from participating in the census. “That lack of participation will inevitably have far-reaching, negative effects—particularly in New Jersey, where we have the third largest immigrant population in the country,” Grewal said.
159 GRANTED AMNESTY AFTER LAKEWOOD FRAUD ARRESTS
About $2.2 million will be repaid by 159 people who are being granted amnesty in the wake of welfare fraud arrests in Lakewood, the Asbury Park Press says. The individuals will pay an average of $13,800 each in Medicaid benefits that were inappropriately received, the Office of the State Comptroller said. Some people have criticized the amnesty program, saying it amounts to special treatment for Lakewood’s large population of Orthodox Jews.
NJ GIRLS AMONG FIRST IN NATION TO JOIN BOY SCOUTS
When nine girls took the oath earlier this month in Sparta, they not only became members of Cub Scout Pack 150 but they also joined the ranks of the first girls in the country to join the Boy Scouts, the New Jersey Herald reports. The board of the Boy Scouts of America voted in October to allow girls into the organization, a change that officially takes effect this fall. But some Cub Scout packs, including ones in Sparta, Montague and Rockaway, are “early adopters” as the organization implements the change.