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What to Expect With Legal Marijuana Use in NJ

January 25, 2022

CRC Rules Will Govern Marijuana Use in NJ

If you have been following New Jersey’s marijuana laws, you’re probably familiar with all the changes over the last few years. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, voters approved an amendment that would allow the use of recreational marijuana. In February of 2021, the governor of New Jersey officially signed this into law.

New Jersey’s Marijuana Laws

The new law signed into place allows people who are 21 years or older to use up to six ounces of marijuana for recreational use. They must use marijuana on private property. Many voters have patiently awaited the next part of the law, which will allow retail shops to sell recreational marijuana. This is expected to occur later this year.

In addition to the legalization of recreational marijuana, this law also decriminalizes crimes of marijuana.

New Jersey’s Next Steps

Any person who has been previously convicted or charged with marijuana possession in New Jersey will have their cases expunged. Even if a person is serving a marijuana-related charge, they’ll be vacated. Receiving expungement or vacation is automatic, which means you don’t need to do anything to qualify.

As far as retail goes, it may still be a few months until any shops are approved to sell marijuana recreationally. The state is giving the power of choice to different counties. They will have the chance to create zoning laws and rules. The state is also still figuring out the logistics of the commercial side of things. They’re still in the process of discussing how many retail licenses to issue, and what rules and regulations retail providers will need to follow.

What to Know About New Jersey’s Marijuana Laws

It’s still important to understand the laws to prevent being charged. While the use of recreational marijuana is legal, it’s only legal for up to six ounces.  Additionally, no one is allowed to use marijuana on public property. The use of recreational marijuana must be done on private property or you could be at risk of being charged. Driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal. Similar to alcohol use, drivers are free to consume the drug but getting behind the wheel is still punishable.

Do You Have a Pending Drug Charge in New Jersey?

Drug charges in New Jersey often come with strict consequences. Depending on the details of the charges, including the type of drug, and how much you had in possession, can affect your charges. Drug charges in New Jersey can lead to expensive fines, a permanent criminal record, and even jail time.

It’s also possible that you could lose your professional license and be prevented from applying for federal student loans. If you’re currently dealing with drug charges in New Jersey or you have questions about previous marijuana charges, it may be beneficial to reach out to a criminal defense lawyer.

Contact an Experienced Mount Laurel 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. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio have successfully represented clients charged with drug charges in Evesham Township, Mount Laurel, Willingboro, Pemberton, 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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