New Jersey State PBA Statement
Marijuana “Clean Up” Bill
Senate Bill 3454
Today the police have been handcuffed!
In November, the residents of New Jersey ended the talk about Marijuana legalization by passing the referendum. We don’t oppose the legalization of marijuana as a corporation. Police will do their jobs because the regulation directs us. But a regulation that establishes an enforcement energy can not additionally make it unlawful for regulation enforcement to make use of that energy.
The regulation because it stands criminalizes any response or investigation by a police officer for unlawful use by juveniles by detaining somebody ‘for a longer period beyond the extent required’ to problem a ‘warning or write-up’. This statute provides a lot guess work and uncertainty that we might advise our members all through the state to take no regulation enforcement motion relating to marijuana or alcohol use by any social gathering within the state.
This language is anti-police rhetoric at its worst and its penalties shall be actual. Underage customers of marijuana shall be free to smoke it wherever, together with in locations the invoice says is against the law, as a result of merely stopping an individual to implement the regulation is now unlawful for police. Drug sellers will shortly be taught to cover their medicine, weapons and proof of crimes on anybody underneath 18 years of age since merely lighting a joint because the officer approaches will put the officer in jeopardy of constructing an unlawful search and being charged criminally.
The invoice completely ties an officer’s arms. An officer who sees or smells marijuana or alcohol can not even inquire concerning the age of the person to make sure they’ll legally possess it, or the officer faces the cost of deprivation of civil rights, a third diploma offense topic to 3-5 years in jail, a positive of $15,000 or BOTH!
The answer exists to resolve this, both make it utterly authorized or present an officer the appropriate to ask for ID if marijuana is current and the remainder of the regulation governing the issuance of warnings takes over. Otherwise, it is a invoice deliberately designed to make regulation enforcement officers criminals in a single day in New Jersey.
To the great residents of the State of New Jersey: If you as a citizen wish to report the underage use of marijuana or alcohol, please don’t name 9-1-1. Call the Governor’s workplace or your native state legislator. We have actually been handcuffed.
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