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NJ Voted to Legalize Marijuana – Can I Still Be Arrested for Using it?

November 06, 2020

While much of the country focuses on other aspects of the election, the biggest news in New Jersey is the recent legalization of marijuana. New Jersey residents voted to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. In fact, over two-thirds of residents voted in favor of the legalization. What does this mean for you now? Well, it doesn’t mean that you can legally purchase, or use, marijuana just yet.

Things to Know About New Jersey’s Legalization of Marijuana

Here are a few things to know about New Jersey’s legalization of recreational marijuana usage:

  • The legalization will include the legal right to possess, purchase, and consume recreational marijuana in certain amounts.
  • Users cannot be arrested for recreational use of marijuana, as long as they follow the regulations, which have yet to be decided.
  • It will take some time for the state to set up the laws and mandates regarding its legalization.
  • Some counties may reduce arrest protocols regarding marijuana in the meantime, but it is not required for them to do so.
  • Decriminalization may occur before the end of the year, but there is not a set date yet.
  • The law will still have legal limits and minimum age requirements for recreational use.

The biggest takeaway is that, it will take some time for the state to decriminalize marijuana, and consider the regulations. It will also take time for the state to issue licenses for approved dispensaries.

Read more: The Truth About Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

What We Know About Marijuana Regulations

Recreational marijuana is likely to have the following regulations:

  • There will be a maximum of two-ounces per person
  • People must be at least 21 years of age to possess and use marijuana
  • Employers will still have the right to fire employees for the use of marijuana in the workplace
  • People must purchase marijuana from an approved dispensary

Many of these things are likely to be discussed and determined over the next couple of months. However, it could take many months before anyone is able to legally walk into an approved retailer, purchase marijuana, and then legally use it. So, in the meantime, it is important to keep in mind that it is an illegal drug in New Jersey and you could still face criminal charges.

Read more: Large Majority Favors Marijuana Legalization, According to Poll

What to Do If You Are Dealing With Current Drug Charges In New Jersey

If you are dealing with drug charges now, you may want to reach out to a drug defense lawyer. Especially if your charges are marijuana-related, your lawyer may be able to build a defense around the new laws that will soon take place. Even if you are dealing with other types of drug charges, your lawyer may have defense options available to help you.

Drug charges in New Jersey can lead to harsh consequences. In addition to the criminal record, you may be met with expensive fines, required probation, or even jail time. It is also possible that you will lose your job, which can make it difficult to not only cover your household expenses, but also all of your court and legal fines.

Contact an Experienced Burlington Township Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Drug Charges in New Jersey

Were you arrested or charged with drug charges 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 lawyer, Michele Finizio has successfully represented clients charged with drug charges in Willingboro, Moorestown, Camden, Gloucester Township, and throughout New Jersey. Call (609) 230-0374 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.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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