For weeks now, police departments across Ocean and Monmouth Counties have denounced the Marijuana Law in its current state for a number of glaring and obvious reasons including 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 were among the Ocean County Police Chiefs and Departments in attendance in PPB as well.
The Marijuana Law currently prevents police from notifying parents if their son or daughter is in trouble with the law for underage drinking and/or marijuana use.
That issue is on its way to being resolved but not without strings attached.
Police officers do and still would be subject to criminal charges in the affect of a 3rd Degree Crime for Depravation of Civil Rights, meaning possible prison time and/or a hefty fine on top of possibly being sued in civil court, meaning they could possibly lose their jobs, pensions, benefits and other costly necessities.