Brick police want more changes to cannabis law

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — The Brick Township Police Department is urging residents to demand lawmakers amend a bill preventing police from stopping or searching minors due to the odor of cannabis.

Politicians and police throughout Ocean County lambasted legislation regarding underage possession or use of cannabis last month, arguing State Senate Bill No. 3454 undermined parents’ rights by prohibiting police from providing notification of their child’s first offense.

Gov. Phil Murphy reversed that aspect of the bill on Friday, March 26, by signing an amendment requiring law enforcement to provide parents of children under age 18 with a written notification of their child’s first alcohol- or cannabis-related offense. However, the Brick Township Police Department claims more changes must be made.

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“The bill that just got signed into law about parental notification doesn’t go far enough in fixing the language,” the department said in a March 26 Facebook post. “The existing legislation still threatens serious sanctions on officers who approach minors observed using marijuana and alcohol when that observation is based on odor.”

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