New Jersey’s New Marijuana Laws | What to Know

Recently, big changes have been made to New Jersey’s marijuana laws. Read on to learn more about the latest updates.

What do the New Laws Entail?

According to NJ.Com, the new decriminalization law allows people to possess up to six ounces of marijuana without legal consequence. Before, possession of 50 grams or less could result in a disorderly persons offense, a fine of up to $1,000, and up to 6 months of jail time

In addition, a new law has been created regarding underage penalties for marijuana possession. This new law bars police from stopping young people if they smell marijuana. In addition, police will only be allowed to give out warnings to those under the age of 21.

According to, “Instead of being arrested and fined for using the substances, young people receive warnings that escalate upon each violation: the first to themselves, the second addressed to a parent if they are younger than 18 and the third as a referral to community programs, including drug education or treatment.”

When Can I Legally Purchase Weed in New Jersey?

A lot of people are wondering if they can legally purchase weed in New Jersey. While weed is legal to possess, it is still not legal to purchase. The legal marijuana marketplace should begin to form in the coming months.

What is Happening to Those Who Have Been Arrested for Possession?

According to, “‘Starting immediately, those who had been subject to an arrest for petty marijuana possession — an arrest that may have kept them from a job or the opportunity to further their education — will be able to get relief and move forward,’ Murphy said.” Arrests for thousands of possession cases should begin to cease as the laws are enacted.

Our firm will continue to keep you updated on New Jersey’s developing marijuana laws. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm.

If you have been charged with a drug crime in New Jersey, contact our firm today. We are here to advocate for you.

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