After years of talking about making marijuana legal in New Jersey, the Garden State finally did it. On Monday, February 22nd, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills into law that will not only decriminalize a certain amount of marijuana but implement the sale and taxation on its recreational use moving forward.
But how does all of this impact those New Jersey residents who served time for simple marijuana possession? Will your criminal record be automatically expunged now that NJ legalized marijuana? Continue reading to find out what you should expect now that NJ legalized marijuana.
Can I Still Be Arrested for Possessing Marijuana in NJ?
Yes – but only under certain circumstances. Under this new law, New Jersey residents are legally allowed to purchase and possess up to six ounces of marijuana. You will be free to smoke in the privacy of your own home. However, it will still be against the law to purchase or possess any amount of six ounces. In addition, you will not be allowed to smoke on public transportation or on public streets.
When Can I Purchase Weed in New Jersey?
While under this new law you will eventually be allowed to purchase marijuana, the time hasn’t arrived yet. According to Governor Murphy, it could take six months for residents to make their first purchase, however, industry experts disagree. In New Jersey, there are more than 8 million people who rely on marijuana for medicinal purposes. While this new law will expand to cover those who want to smoke recreationally, industry experts want to make sure that there will be enough available for existing patients first before moving forward with this expansion. As it stands, you could be waiting closer to a year to make your first legal marijuana purchase in New Jersey.
What Happens to My Criminal Record Now That Weed is Legal?
While progress is being made to vacate existing criminal records, this hasn’t happened…yet. However, if you have criminal charges currently against you, they will be thrown out.
If you have a criminal record and want to find out if you’re eligible for an expungement, Moorestown criminal defense attorney, Michele Finizio can help. Schedule a free consultation with our office by visiting us on the web or giving us a call at (856) 242-7300.
Contact an Experienced Moorestown Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Drug Charges in New Jersey
Were you arrested or charged with a drug crime 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. Criminal defense attorney, Michele Finizio has successfully represented clients charged with drug possession, drug manufacturing and intent to distribute in Willingboro, Moorestown, Camden, Mt. Holly and throughout New Jersey. Call (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 08057, as well as an office located in Cherry Hill, NJ.
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