New Jersey lawmakers poised to reverse course on underage marijuana notification provision | New Jersey

(The Center Square) – That didn’t take long.

New Jersey lawmakers have signaled their intent to dial back a provision in the state’s recently enacted marijuana legalization laws that bar law enforcement officers from notifying parents when minors are caught possessing or using marijuana or alcohol.

Last month, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a trio of bills that legalize marijuana in New Jersey and addresses underage possession and consumption. At the forefront of controversy, a third bill, S-3454/A-5342, creates “a written warning system, with parental notification in some instances” for the underage possession of “marijuana, hashish, or cannabis items.”

“Police shouldn’t be prohibited from telling parents that their child was caught engaging in illegal or dangerous activity with drugs or alcohol,” state Sen. Anthony Bucco said in a news release.

“Thankfully, it appears that both Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature want to fix this outrageous provision of our law,” Bucco added. “Governor Murphy apparently is supportive of this fix as well. Given that broad support, there’s no reason to delay action on moving this important legislation forward.”

Lawmakers plan to introduce measures in both the state Assembly and the state Senate to repeal the notification prohibition.

“While New Jersey has made…

(The Center Square) – That didn’t take long.

New Jersey lawmakers have signaled their intent to dial back a provision in the state’s recently enacted marijuana legalization laws that bar law enforcement officers from notifying parents when minors are caught possessing or using marijuana or alcohol.

Last month, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a trio of bills that legalize marijuana in New Jersey and addresses underage possession and consumption. At the forefront of controversy, a third bill, S-3454/A-5342, creates “a written warning system, with parental notification in some instances” for the underage possession of “marijuana, hashish, or cannabis items.”

“Police shouldn’t be prohibited from telling parents that their child was caught engaging in illegal or dangerous activity with drugs or alcohol,” state Sen. Anthony Bucco said in a news release.

“Thankfully, it appears that both Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature want to fix this outrageous provision of our law,” Bucco added. “Governor Murphy apparently is supportive of this fix as well. Given that broad support, there’s no reason to delay action on moving this important legislation forward.”

Lawmakers plan to introduce measures in both the state Assembly and the state Senate to repeal the notification prohibition.

“While New Jersey has made…

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