In his State of the State address last month, Governor Phil Murphy (D) called for legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New Jersey. He said, “By legalizing adult-use marijuana – first and foremost – we can reverse the inequality and unfairness left from years of failed drug policies and shift public safety resources to where they can do the most good.” Regardless of how you feel about New Jersey marijuana laws, it’s important to know the facts. Here’s what you need to know about marijuana laws in New Jersey.
- Currently, New Jersey marijuana laws classify marijuana as a Schedule I substance. This means it has a high potential for abuse and no generally recognized medical value.
- Nevertheless, New Jersey is one of 18 states that allows medical use under certain circumstances.
- Possession of up to 50 grams of marijuana can include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both.
- If caught within 1,000 feet of a school zone, public park, or public housing with marijuana adds an additional 100 hours of community service to the sentence.
- Attempting to cultivate cannabis with as little as ten plants can lead to a fine of up to $25,000, between three and five years in prison, or both.
- Attempting to sell as little as one ounce of marijuana can lead to a fine of up to $25,000, up to 18 months in prison, or both.
- Sales within a school zone, public park, or public housing area include an additional fine of up to $150,000, and ineligibility for parole or early release for up to one half of the applicable prison sentence.
- Anyone who attempts to sell to a minor or a pregnant woman will face double the applicable fine and jail time (according to the amount sold).
- Using paraphernalia (or possessing it with the intent to do so) may be punished with a fine of up to $1,000, six months in jail, or both.
New Jersey Marijuana Laws: Why It Matters
It’s important to know the facts so that you can avoid legal prosecution. However, if you face charges with any of the crimes above, you need adequate legal representation. Mark Catanzaro is your man! Reach out to him today so you can fight for your rights.