The legalization of marijuana use by adults in the US state of New Jersey has sparked a protest against new rules that prevent police from notifying parents of their children’s drug and alcohol use.
This law applies to children who were arrested for the first time drinking alcohol or marijuana, but if they are caught for the second time doing the same, their parents will be informed of this. For the third time, they will be referred to drug treatment centers.
Republican Senator Michael Doherty said, “This new law is another step by Democrats in their race to replace fathers with government and to isolate parents from parenting.”
He added, “They have already enacted liberal values in our public school curricula in an attempt to abolish family values, and they are working hard to eliminate the right of parents to make important medical decisions for their children. Now they say parents do not need to be notified when children are arrested for drug or alcohol use.” This erosion of parental rights should frighten every mother and father in New Jersey. “
As part of their efforts to legalize marijuana, Democrats in the legislature passed a law establishing a written warning system for the possession or consumption of marijuana, hashish, and hemp by minors.
For minors under the age of 18, notification of parents will only be permitted when a second offense has been committed.
The written warning system and restrictions on notifying parents on minor possession and alcohol consumption were also enforced under the law signed by Governor Phil Murphy on February 22.