In New Jersey, the issue of criminal justice has been a key part of the conversation around legalizing recreational marijuana. But high arrest rates and wide racial disparities persist, even as the state draws nearer to legalizing pot. It’s leading to questions of how legalization will affect those already in the system, and how law enforcement will need to overcome new challenges to keep the public safe. Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan reports on the social justice aspect of legalization in Cannabis Country.
Cannabis Country is a collaborative effort from public media stations around the country and looks at the legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use. Watch the full documentary on NJTV Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.