Whereas the a part of the State Marijuana Regulation the place police weren’t allowed to tell dad and mom the primary time their underage son or daughter was caught with marijuana or alcohol, there may be one other obvious concern with the regulation that hasn’t been modified which leaves the door open for police to face felony costs for Depravation of Civil Rights for initiating an investigation.
For the reason that regulation was signed in February by Governor Murphy, police throughout Ocean County have continued to push for change and so they have a neighborhood of native authorities leaders and residents behind them.
Last weekend, at a press conference in Point Pleasant Beach several Ocean County Police Chiefs including Point Pleasant Beach Chief Joseph Michigan, who is President of the Ocean County Chiefs of Police Association and 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 Captain George Dohn have been among the many Ocean County Police Chiefs and Departments in attendance in PPB as properly.
Right this moment, the Ocean County Chiefs of Police Affiliation and President Joseph Michigan with Level Nice Seashore Police, launched an online petition looking to continue building public support and asking you to take a couple seconds to sign it.
Right here is the assertion from the OCCPA and Chief Michigan:
“Language within the new marijuana laws disrupts the holistic, community-based method we take to maintain our youngsters wholesome and protected. We consider minors are greatest served when dad and mom can work at the side of the individuals who train, coach, mentor and defend our youth. Sadly, the brand new laws signed into regulation by Governor Murphy prohibits the police from taking part in that collaborative effort by threatening them with felony costs ought to they interact minors who’re clearly violating the regulation.
We perceive the need of New Jersey voters in electing to legalize marijuana. We have now no concern with the authorized utilization of hashish for these of age, however minors are nonetheless prohibited underneath the regulation to make use of or possess alcohol and marijuana. Although this laws has been amended to permit for parental notification, it solely serves to supply a false sense of safety to oldsters.
Police use the facility of remark to carry out their duties as neighborhood caretakers, emergency help suppliers, keepers of the peace, and regulation enforcement officers. This entails using all of 1’s senses, together with the sense of odor. One of the vital conspicuous manifestations of marijuana and alcohol use is the odor related to their ingestion.
Below the present laws minors could be noticed smoking marijuana by a police officer, but when that police officer stops or detains that minor based mostly on the odor, that officer will face critical sanctions, together with being charged with the Crime of Official Deprivation of Civil Rights. If officers are so discouraged from partaking minors utilizing medication and alcohol within the first place, what good is the parental notification modification?
The legal guidelines are unclear and complicated, and so they discourage police interplay with at-risk youth by threatening to punish officers for doing their jobs.
The laws should be corrected. Sign your name to let Trenton know that you support this effort. Enable cops to take part within the collaborative societal effort to take care of our youngsters, and take away the threatening language in opposition to officers who search to easily do their jobs.”