Measures that expose police officers to potential criminal liability if they search an underage person for marijuana or alcohol would be delayed by a year under legislation (A5833) introduced on June 2 by Assemblyman Sean T. Kean.
“This extension will allow law enforcement to adjust to these significant changes. It will also provide all New Jersey residents, including parents, time to understand the recent changes to marijuana laws,” said Kean (R-Monmouth/Ocean). “I have been contacted by local mayors, law enforcement and families who have great concerns about how the new laws will affect police officers and the quality of life in our beach towns.”
The Legislature passed three bills in February that permit and regulate adult use of recreational marijuana that make policing tougher and reduce the quality of life at the Jersey Shore. Provisions expose police officers to potential criminal liability if they search an underage person when responding to calls related to underage use of marijuana or alcohol.