The New Jersey State Policy Lab at Rutgers University has released a first-of-its-kind report examining health, education and law enforcement factors related to marijuana usage. It’s intended to be used as a baseline to measure the impact of legalization and identify disparities among different communities. “This report is critical to New Jersey setting a model similar to other states in recognizing that all people in the state are not the same, and by legalizing cannabis, its impact on different communities is going to vary,” said Charles Menifield, dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark and the study’s principal investigator. The goal is to use the data for comparative analysis over time to help shape state policy. “This is literally a baseline report of what we should be looking at and where we are now,” said Menifield. To read the full story.