Marijuana Now Legal in New Jersey
After years of discussion and a Constitutional amendment, the Garden State has officially legalized marijuana. While many NJ residents are eager to find out when they’ll be able to legally purchase marijuana in their home state, there’s some important information about these new laws that you’ll need to know first.
With marijuana now legal in NJ, what does that mean for those who were previously convicted of possession and have a criminal record? Continue reading to find out.
How Much Marijuana Can I Legally Possess in NJ?
Under the decriminalization bill signed into effect by Governor Phil Murphy on Monday February 22, 2021, New Jersey residents will be able to legally possess up to six ounces of marijuana. You’ll be able to smoke in private residences, including where smoking cigarettes are permitted. However, please note that you will not be allowed to smoke on a public street or on public transportation.
When Will I Be Able to Buy Marijuana?
It’s going to be at least six months or so before you can legally purchase marijuana from a dispensary. While Governor Murphy remains hopeful that this will be able to be done within this time frame, industry experts are less optimistic due to how many people depend on marijuana for medicinal purposes.
According to industry experts, there are over 8 million NJ residents who currently rely on medical marijuana. Industry experts want to make sure that there will be a sufficient supply available to these individuals before expanding it to those adults who only plan to use it recreationally.
Will My Criminal Record Be Cleared?
As of writing this, there is something in the works to vacate the criminal records of those who were previously convicted of marijuana possession, however, it has not been clear as to whether or not this will strictly apply to those who were convicted solely of possession of up to six ounces. While we await new information to be released, what is known is that all pending charges for marijuana possession of up to six ounces have been thrown out under this new legislation.
If you have a criminal record and are looking to get it expunged, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Gelman Law, LLC for a consultation to see if you qualify. Our firm is ready to take your call: (856) 861-4236.
Contact an Experienced Cherry Hill 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. The criminal defense attorneys at Gelman Law, LLC have successfully represented clients charged with prescription drug charges, marijuana charges and heroin charges in Cherry Hill, Pennsauken, Camden, Moorestown and throughout New Jersey. Call (856) 861-4236 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 850 Rt 70 West Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.
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