State lawmakers have essentially decriminalized marijuana and alcohol possession for children.

Yet they criminalized the good-faith actions of police who may make honest mistakes by trying to investigate and comply with the new law. If a police officer runs afoul of any regulations listed in nearly 300 pages of new legislation, that officer can be subject to a third-degree criminal charge.

NJSACOP, as well as other state law-enforcement agencies, is now taking a crash course in this new law. We all want to ensure police officers are fully aware of what they are no longer allowed to do when interacting with underage people.

Officers’ careers — in all seriousness — could depend on it.

With this perspective, the public also needs to be aware. If, for example, you are sitting on the beach with your family this summer,…

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