LIVINGSTON, NJ — After Gov. Phil Murphy signed three laws on Feb. 21 legalizing, regulating and decriminalizing marijuana in the State of New Jersey, Livingston Police Chief Gary Marshuetz recently clarified parts of these laws that deal with underage consumption/possession of marijuana as well as alcohol.

The law indicates that any person under the age of 21 found by the police to be under the influence and/or in possession of alcohol or marijuana must be given a written warning. However, Marshuetz explained that police are prohibited from informing or advising the individual’s parents or guardians of this incident.

After a second violation, the police are required to provide a second written warning to the person under the age of 21 and provide a copy of both the first and second warning of the marijuana or alcohol violation to the individual’s parents/guardians, he said.

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Upon the third or subsequent violation(s), police are required to send a copy of the written warning issued to the person under the age of 21, to the county drug rehabilitation facility as well as the individual’s parents/guardians.

Any community members with concerns about these new laws, especially as they relate to minors, the Livingston Police Department suggests contacting state representatives or legislators.

The Livingston Police Department is currently awaiting further guidance from the Attorney General regarding these laws.

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