New Jersey is making large strides when it comes to the legalization of marijuana. Recently, three new bills were signed by Governor Murphy. Read on to learn more about New Jersey’s latest marijuana laws and everything you need to know about legalization in New Jersey.
What Do the New Laws Entail?
According to NJ.Com, the new decriminalization law allows people to possess up to six ounces of marijuana without legal consequence. Before, possessing 50 grams or less was considered a disorderly persons offense and could result in up to 6 months of incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000.
There is also a new law regarding underage penalties for marijuana possession. This new law bars police from stopping young people if they smell marijuana. Additionally, it will only allow them to give out warnings to those under the age of 21. NJ.com explains, “Instead of being arrested and fined for using the substances, young people receive warnings that escalate upon each violation: the first to themselves, the second addressed to a parent if they are younger than 18 and the third as a referral to community programs, including drug education or treatment.”
When Can I Legally Buy Weed in New Jersey?
New Jersey’s marijuana market has not yet been established. Medical marijuana can be purchased in New Jersey, but as of now, there is still no way for the general public to legally purchase marijuana.
What is Happening to Those Who Have Been Arrested for Possession?
According to NJ.com, “‘Starting immediately, those who had been subject to an arrest for petty marijuana possession — an arrest that may have kept them from a job or the opportunity to further their education — will be able to get relief and move forward,’ Murphy said.” Arrests for thousands of possession cases should begin to cease.
Our firm will continue to keep you updated on New Jersey’s marijuana laws as things progress. If you have any questions or concerns, contact our firm today.
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