Essex County NJ Marijuana Possession Law


WHY DO I HAVE TWO TICKETS FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION?

Those arrested for drug possession in Essex County and throughout New Jersey are frequently arrested while in their car.  As a result, the police will typically issue a traffic ticket for marijuana in the vehicle in addition to the separate offenses of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia



IS MARIJUANA POSSESSION IN ESSEX COUNTY, NJ STILL A CRIME?


In Essex County, NJ, possession of any amount of marijuana without a valid prescription is a crime even if you have no amount of marijuana in your system.  It is very common for those arrested for marijuana possession to have their matter heard in municipal court.   This is because marijuana possession less than 50 grams is a disorderly persons offense.  Many times, those arrested for marijuana possession are also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia as well because the police find the marijuana in a grinder or other paraphernalia.  Drug paraphernalia is also handled in municipal court because it is a disorderly persons offense.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION IN NEW JERSEY?


Marijuana possession less than 50 grams is a disorderly person offense and is punishable up to a maximum of 6 months in jail, hefty fines and driver’s license suspension. A conviction for possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana can result in up to 18 months in jail and $25,000 in fines.  Possession of drug paraphernalia has the same penalties. 


If you have been charged with marijuana possession in any Essex County town, Newark, East Orange, Bloomfield, West Orange, Montclair, Nutley, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Verona, Caldwell, Belleville, Cedar Grove, it is a good idea to consult with an Essex County NJ Marijuana Possession Lawyer.  The Sloan Law Firm handles these types of cases throughout Essex County, NJ and offers free initial consultations - (908) 358-2938.

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