Are Marijuana Charges A Thing Of The Past?

New Jersey marijuana laws are always evolving. Access to medical marijuana has been rapidly expanding over the last decade, and in the November 2020 election, New Jersey residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana. With both medical and recreational marijuana legal in 2021, does this mean marijuana charges are a thing of the past?

At my law firm, The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo, I have been defending New Jersey residents charged with marijuana crimes for over 35 years. While many lower level marijuana charges are likely to go away in 2021, there will still be strict laws and regulations surrounding marijuana. If you are facing any sort of marijuana-related criminal charge, I will walk you through all of your options and vigorously defend your case.

What If You Were Charged Prior To Jan. 1, 2021?

The 2020 referendum and the following legislation will allow for recreational marijuana use by adults over the age of 21, but this only kicks in on Jan. 1, 2021. Many New Jersey residents are facing marijuana charges from the end of 2020, some may have even been arrested after the referendum passed but before the law itself changed.

For those in this situation, there may still be hope. Contact me today to discuss your case and explore your best path forward.

Can You Still Be Charged With A Marijuana Crime?

While the new law allows for the use of recreational marijuana, that does not put an end to marijuana charges. For example, New Jersey is one of the few states that still does not allow residents to grow or cultivate their own marijuana. If you are caught growing your own, you will likely be facing a criminal charge.

Likewise, the purchase and sale of marijuana will be highly regulated under the new law. Only a certain number of licenses will be offered initially, and buyers will have to present their ID as they would when purchasing alcohol. Recreational marijuana users will only be able to legally purchase at one of these facilities.

As with alcohol, driving under the influence of marijuana will also remain illegal. While methods of testing for marijuana in drivers are still developing, the new law will not protect you if police find you high behind the wheel. If you are facing marijuana DUI/DWI, you will want to find an experienced attorney quickly to defend your case.

Learn More During A Free Consultation

Every case is different, and marijuana law is always changing on both the state and federal level. Learn more about your unique situation and how your case may be impacted by new laws and regulations surrounding marijuana. Call The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo at 908-643-6801 to begin exploring your options, or reach out online to set up a free consultation.