In New Jersey, selling a single cookie for profit can cost you up to $1,000 in fines—it's the only state that bans the sale of homemade baked goods for profits. But the Institute for Justice has filed a lawsuit arguing that the ban unconstitutionally restricts the rights of home bakers, and hopes to get the policy changed.
Earlier this week, the state moved to dismiss the lawsuit.
Heather Russinko, a single mother from New Jersey, was living paycheck to paycheck when she realized her love of baking could earn her a bit of extra money. She already had success selling her baked goods at local fundraisers, but when she tried to sell them for profit, the government shut her down.
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