The New Jersey Legislature has authorized a measure that loosens penalties for underage marijuana and alcohol possession.
The invoice was seen because the linchpin to getting help for broader laws establishing the leisure marijuana market in New Jersey. The invoice needed to be handed on Monday or different payments associated to marijuana legalization have been vulnerable to being vetoed by Gov. Phil Murphy.
The invoice establishes penalties of solely a warning for minors illegally in possession of marijuana or alcohol. Police officers additionally can not use the odor or possession of marijuana or alcoholic drinks as the explanation for initiating a cease of an individual.
The New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association has expressed concern over the invoice.
In an announcement launched Monday afternoon, PBA President Patrick Colligan suggested all law enforcement officials to keep away from approaching folks with marijuana till “a proper legal analysis and direction can be developed.” Colligan stated that the officers could possibly be topic to civil rights violations. He additionally stated that the invoice “is an assault on our ability to do our job and to enforce the law.”
All of those payments are actually on Murphy’s desk awaiting his signature.
The Associated Press wire providers contributed to this report.