The recent controversy surrounding marijuana has left too many citizens in a state of confusion about the substance. In New Jersey, legislators have been pushing forward to legalize the drug, but a number of towns have stepped up to combat legalization efforts with their own laws restricting the substance. Amidst the confusion, it’s imperative to understand the real implications of changing marijuana laws.
Will Marijuana be Legalized in New Jersey?
In November, New Jersey’s politicians passed initiatives to legalize and expand medical marijuana in the state. They approved funding for an expansion of marijuana programs, and they pushed for a complete revision of the rules regarding expunging marijuana-related crimes. Now, they are set to vote on the Marijuana Legalization Act, which would completely legalize the possession of up to an ounce of weed. This historic bill was set to be voted upon in 2018, but disagreements and delays have preventing politicians from voting on it yet. Hotly debated issues regarding the bill include:
- A lack of understanding on how marijuana will be taxed
- Conflicts on the appropriate level of taxation
- Whether there is enough support to pass the bill. To become legal, the bill needs 41 votes in the Assembly and 21 votes in the Senate. Then, Governor Murphy would need to sign it.
Towns Push Back Against Marijuana Sales
Some towns in New Jersey have not taken kindly to the newest push to legalize marijuana. Around 47 towns have taken legal action to prevent the substance’s sale, growth, manufacture or other uses in their areas. Most notably, these jurisdictions include:
- Berkeley Township
- Elmwood Park
- Fair Haven
- West Long Branch
Understanding the Law in Uncertain Times
As a result of these societal changes, there are state laws, town laws and federal laws that all may be conflicting regarding the legality of marijuana. The consequences you face for possessing the substance may hinge on what police department has pulled you over and in what jurisdiction the incident occurs. When in doubt, reach out to either the local police department or a local attorney to advise you on the most up-to-date information in your area.
Contact an Experienced Moorestown Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Marijuana Possession Charges in New Jersey
Were you arrested or charged with marijuana possession in New Jersey? The consequences of a conviction could be severe, leaving you with a permanent criminal record and possibly even sending you to jail. That is why you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case. The attorney at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio has successfully represented clients charged with marijuana possession in Moorestown, Camden, Cherry Hill, Washington Township, Monroe, Mount Laurel, Medford, and throughout New Jersey. Contact the firm at 856-242-7300 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have an office conveniently located at 9 E. Main St, Moorestown, NJ.
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