While the United States of America is experiencing increasing tolerance for marijuana use, especially for medical use, recreational use of the drug still carries severe consequences under the laws of the State of New Jersey. While this may change under future laws, it is important to realize that currently, law enforcement and the legal system actively pursues drug charges even in cases where only small amounts of marijuana are present, potentially resulting in fines, permanent criminal records and even jail time.
What is the most minor marijuana charge in the State of New Jersey?
While charges differ from case to case, it is important to know that no amount of marijuana is too small to avoid an arrest and potential charges. Even simple possession charges for less than 50g of the drug can incur 6 months behind bars and $1,000 in fines, despite being considered a disorderly person’s offense. More than 50g can mean 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
What does law enforcement need to charge me with marijuana possession?
Unfortunately, law enforcement agencies are enabled to charge you with marijuana possession under a wide range of circumstances, from finding trace amounts in your vehicle or a joint at a property you own, to finding marijuana paraphernalia on your person or property (for example, scales, jars, etc.) Possession also includes any parts of the plant or derivatives of the plant, including hash and concentrates.
Being under the influence of marijuana, however, is charged differently as being under the influence, which carries similar consequences to a disorderly person’s offense but can also include the suspension of your driver’s license, community service and more.
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