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New Jersey Approves Vote to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

criminal defense lawyer cherry hill njThe state of New Jersey has joined other states in an attempt to legalize recreational marijuana. In fact, New Jersey is the 12th state to vote for the legalization to occur. This issue was brought up in the most recent election and was voted by the majority of residents, to go through with it. What does this mean for New Jersey residents? What does it mean for people who are currently dealing with drug charges?

Things to Know About the Legalization of Marijuana in New Jersey

These are just a few of the things to know about the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey:

  • New Jersey residents voted in favor of legalizing marijuana
  • This vote will allow the state to regulate, and sell recreational marijuana
  • The legal age of recreational use will be 21 years
  • The state will impose a 6.625% sales tax, in addition to 2% on others

Many New Jersey residents are celebrating this news, as it will give the state additional funds and jobs. It will also lead to fewer arrests for minor marijuana charges.

Dealing With Drug Charges?

If you are currently dealing with drug charges, even marijuana, it is important that you discuss your case with a lawyer. Even though the state has voted to legalize marijuana, this can take a long time to develop the necessary regulations and rules of the state.

Currently, it is illegal to use marijuana in New Jersey. This includes being in possession of it or being under the influence of it. If you decline to hand over marijuana in possession, you could also deal with misdemeanor offenses. This means that the recreational use of marijuana is still illegal today. The possession, or distribution of it, can lead to criminal charges. If convicted, you could be forced to pay thousands of dollars in fines, and even serve jail time.

Permanent drug charges on your record can also make it difficult to gain employment, or get student loans. Fortunately, you may have defense options available, depending on the details of your case. A criminal drug defense lawyer can go over your case and determine the best steps to take.

Read more: The Penalties for Minors Charged With Marijuana Possession in NJ

Your New Jersey Drug Defense Options

There are many defenses available in New Jersey, but it is important to evaluate them to determine which one makes the most sense for your specific case. Your drug defense lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea agreement on your behalf or build your case to demonstrate that you are not guilty of the charges. First-time offenders may also have options available, like seeking counseling for drug use instead of spending time in jail. It is important to discuss your drug charges and case with an experienced New Jersey lawyer as soon as possible. We have many years of experience working with residents on all types of drug charges. We treat each case differently, giving it the time and care that it deserves.

Contact an Experienced Camden County Drug 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 Gelman Law, LLC have successfully represented clients charged with drug charges in Cherry Hill, Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, 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 1940 W Route 70, Suite 4, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

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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