Halloween candy dangers: Drugs and weapons (Department of Human Services)

Paxtyn Merten filed this request with the Department of Human Services of New Jersey.
Multi Request Halloween candy dangers: Drugs and weapons


From: Paxtyn Merten

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records since Sept. 1, 2008 pertaining to:
· All internal communications — including attachments — related to the dangers of Halloween candy, including discussion of Marijuana candy and other drug-infused, weapon-infused, or other dangerous or confiscated Halloween candy.
· All reports of incidents related to drug-infused or weapon-infused Halloween candy.
· All press releases and other documents, videos, and informational content produced by the agency for the public pertaining to drugged and weapon-infused Halloween candy.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.


Paxtyn Merten

From: Department of Human Services

Good morning Mr. Merten,

This email is in response to your request filed under N.J.S.A 47:1A-1 et seq., Open Public Records Act (OPRA) with the Department of Human Services (Department). Please be advised that OPRA requests are to be for specific, identifiable records. Additionally, OPRA Custodians are not required to do an open ended search for every record on a given topic. (See Mag Entertainment, LLC v. Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 375 N.J. Super 537 (App. Div. March 2005). For these reasons your request is denied as improper and overbroad.

A copy of your closed receipt is attached for your records. Please advise if you have any questions about your request.

If your request for access to a government record has been denied or unfulfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a right to challenge the decision by the Department of Human Services to deny access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government Records Council (GRC) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at P.O. Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at grc@dca.state.nj.us<mailto:grc@dca.state.nj.us>, or at their web site at www.state.nj.us/grc<http://www.state.nj.us/grc>. The GRC can also answer other questions about the law. All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should be directed to the Court Clerk in your county.

James Patterson
OPRA Custodian
Department of Human Services, OLRA
Phone: 609-292-8313
P.O Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625

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