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Sister Jean’s soup kitchen got broken into the other day and there’s a GoFundMe page to restock. As of press time, they were $5 short of their $1000 goal. (Update: Someone just gave them $100).

Here are four stories on marijuana reform, arranged conveniently by Matt Friedman at the NJ PlayBook.

In them:

* A health commissioner says alcohol’s more dangerous than marijuana.

* A former superintendent of the state police channels Nancy Reagan and actually uses the phrase “illegal Woodstock weed inhaled or ingested by the Baby Boomers of the 60s.”

* After reading the state police superintendent’s piece, it may not surprise you to know that NJ police who are asked where it’s legal to use medical marijuana “often do not know the guidelines or – in some cases – that medical cannabis is even legal in New Jersey.”

* Phil Murphy’s pro-legalization argument pits him against Ronald Rice “the state’s longest-serving black senator and the leader of its Black Caucus” who’s opposed and says, “It’s clear there is big, big money pushing special interests to sell this to our communities.”

Spoiler: “A statewide coalition of black pastors, the N.A.A.C.P. and the New Jersey chapter of the Drug Policy Alliance is pushing for legalization as a social justice issue, but only if it is linked to some type of compensation for the harm they say was done to black and brown families whose sons were incarcerated,” the New York Times reports.

For what it’s worth, Mayor Gilliam seemed to say basically the same thing when we interviewed him the other day.

You want Millennials? The New Jersey press corp’s got em.

The valuable Spotlight spotted and then interviewed (!) several actual Millennials, or their representatives, to ask them why they’re leaving New Jersey in such droves.

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