A new bill aims to legalize marijuana use in New Jersey. The bill would also allow individuals to potentially expunge marijuana offenses from their criminal records. The proposed law would treat marijuana sales similar to cigarettes or other tobacco products, making certain cannabis products available at convenience stores to persons over the age of 19. The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act would continue to regulate the manufacture, distribution, possession, and use of medical marijuana.
Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris, Somerset) introduced bill A4193 to the NJ Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Sept. 24. The law states it will remove “all criminal liability associated with marijuana from the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice.” Those who have been convicted of possession, use, or being under the influence of marijuana, among other offenses, could apply to have their convictions expunged by the NJ Superior Court.
Many of the laws that currently apply to cigarettes would, under the proposed law, apply to marijuana as well. This includes any rules regarding smoking in public, manufacturing marijuana products in the home for commercial sale, and advertising restrictions.
Under NJ’s current laws, possession of marijuana is punishable by six to 18 months in prison and between $1,000 and $25,000 in fines. A conviction for selling marijuana can result in up 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a marijuana-related crime or any other criminal offense in New Jersey, it is imperative that you contact an attorney for help. The criminal defense attorneys of the Rosenblum Law Firm have extensive experience helping people in similar situations. Email the Rosenblum Law Firm or call 888-979-7551 today for a free consultation about your case.