Voices of concern and disappointment have grown louder, pink flags are being raised even increased and the push for a full reversal of the brand new Marijuana Legislation Governor Phil Murphy signed this yr continues to realize steam amongst mother and father, police and communities on the Jersey Shore.
For weeks now, police departments throughout Ocean and Monmouth Counties have denounced the Marijuana Legislation in its present state for quite a lot of obvious and apparent causes together with this past Saturday at a press conference in Point Pleasant Beach where several of them including PPB Chief Joseph Michigan, who spoke at the press conference, voiced their concerns with the bill and pushed for change.
Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy, Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little, Jackson Police Chief Matthew Kunz, Brick Police Chief James Riccio, Lacey Police Chief Michael DiBella, Harvey Cedars Police Chief Robert Burnaford, Little Egg Harbor Police Chief Richard Buzby and Berkeley Police Sergeant George Dohn have been among the many Ocean County Police Chiefs and Departments in attendance in PPB as properly.
The marijuana legislation at present prevents police from notifying mother and father if their son or daughter is in bother with the legislation for underage consuming and/or marijuana use.
That situation is on its strategy to being resolved however not with out strings hooked up.
Cops do and nonetheless could be topic to prison costs within the have an effect on of a third Diploma Crime for Depravation of Civil Rights, which means attainable jail time and/or a hefty advantageous on high of presumably being sued in civil court docket, which means they might presumably lose their jobs, pensions, advantages and different expensive requirements.
There are particular lawmakers making an attempt to revoke immunity safety for police as a part of this legislation in its present kind and shifting ahead.
Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little launched an announcement on Monday on social media calling for a reversal of this marijuana legislation not only for them however to have the ability to present the safety for the neighborhood that each police chief desires to supply for his or her communities, to thwart crime and guarantee security for all.
Right here is an excerpt of the assertion from Chief Little that you would be able to additionally learn, in full, beneath.
“On February 22, Governor Phillip Murphy signed three legal guidelines which decriminalized marijuana and set out orders to have earlier convictions and/or pending circumstances dismissed. This was anticipated as a majority of New Jersey residents voted to have marijuana legalized within the state.
What was not anticipated was the denial of parental entry to info relating to their kid’s marijuana or alcohol use, restrictions of investigations primarily based on odor and the prison legal responsibility for officers deemed to be violating this legislation.
In contrast to the state of New Jersey, we consider mother and father deserve and have to know when their youngsters are in harmful conditions.
Reviewing the brand new coverage, what presents itself as most problematic is the incapability to freely talk with mother and father.
We see these legal guidelines as not solely counterproductive but additionally as a detriment to the protection of our youngsters.
The biggest strengths we had as legislation enforcement officers was our capability to foster constructive relationships and construct belief inside the communities we serve.”