The Barnegat police chief first expressed his views on the new marijuana laws, including the most recent amendment that allows law enforcement authorities to notify parents when their underage children are using marijuana or alcohol — or found with either in their possession.
“If you are a New Jersey voter who voted or supports the new law, you voted to legalize cannabis for adults,” maintained Germain. “What the legislature did was pass a disaster of a law that essentially legalizes marijuana and alcohol for kids.”
Germain identified other flaws in the legislation, which he said “pretty much guarantees that the police are only in incredibly rare circumstances, ever going to approach, or ever get involved with a juvenile in possession of marijuana or alcohol."
The Barnegat chief was referring to the portion of the law that actually could pose legal issues for law enforcement officers whose intentions may be to help children.