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Legal Marijuana in NJ? Until then, Hire an Experienced NJ Criminal Lawyer

Posted by David Schwartz on January 18, 2016  |   No Comments »

Will recreational marijuana use become legal in New Jersey? New Jersey lawmakers are exploring a push to legalize marijuana use and possession.

Recently, the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony from those supporting decriminalization or legalization. Some members of the NJ Legislature consider marijuana laws a failure, and believe that it is time to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana. However, although legislation is proposed, no vote was taken.

Governor Chris Christie has made it clear that he will veto any law decriminalizing or legalizing use or possession of marijuana. As a result, any vote on the issue will likely occur after Christie’s term ends, since there do not appear to be sufficient votes in the Legislature to override his veto, although there appear to be enough votes to pass the legislation.

Each year in New Jersey, 24,000 people are arrested for marijuana possession. Further, although whites and blacks use marijuana at approximately the same rate, African Americans are arrested at three times the rate of whites.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey supports marijuana reform, as do various pro-marijuana groups. More surprisingly, Municipal Prosecutors in New Jersey also support a policy change, considering prosecution of simple possession cases to be a waste of government resources which have clogged the Municipal Courts.

While even opponents of the legislation concede that sometime, in the next several years, marijuana will be legalized for personal use in New Jersey, until then, it remains illegal. A conviction for marijuana possession can have a significant impact on someone’s job or school prospects, and can be very costly.

For individuals who are facing marijuana charges in the Municipal Courts, Juvenile Courts, or Superior Courts of New Jersey, or who are appealing their criminal matters before the Superior Court, the New Jersey Appellate Division, or the Supreme Court of New Jersey, it is critical to have an experienced state and municipal New Jersey criminal defense attorney represent you. The experienced criminal defense lawyers of Schwartz & Posnock appear in all State, Municipal, and Juvenile criminal courts in New Jersey, and have convenient locations in Monmouth County (Eatontown), Essex County (Livingston), Union County (Linden), and Middlesex County (East Brunswick). Call us at 732-544-1460 or email us at to schedule an appointment.

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