Passaic, N.J. – Mayor Hector C. Lora announced his direct approach in battling the illegal selling of cannabis, marijuana, and tobacco in retail establishments throughout the City of Passaic. The Passaic Police Department will conduct random inspections in search for the following items: cannabis, marijuana, edibles, smoking products, tobacco, and flavored vapes (electronic cigarettes). If these items are to be found, they will be confiscated and removed from the possession of the business and will be subject to summons and prosecution.
The Mayor addressed his concerns alongside the City’s Police Chief Luis Guzman and Health Officer Ken Pincus on tackling this growing issue and emphasizing the consequences of illegal business practices. The Health Department will actively work with the Police Department in the upcoming weeks to search and seize any illegal products found.
Complaints from the community have increased exponentially prompting Mayor Lora to take action to ensure that the City remains as a safe and healthy space for children. The availability and marketing of e-cigarettes have led to a surge in youth vaping especially with its appealing flavors and discreet designs. The ease of accessibility poses as a great risk for the children of the city, exposing them to nicotine addiction at an early age. Mayor Lora expressed “When these substances appeal to the youth, they attract children and almost send a message that we encourage the use of these substances by our young children. We don't”.
The City will be strictly enforcing these measures starting August 7th, 2023. To watch the Mayor’s full statement, please visit https://www.facebook.com/HCLora/videos/1516248645789996 .