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New Marijuana Laws in New Jersey | What to Know

Recently, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed new bills decriminalizing marijuana. This has led to a series of important changes. Read on to learn more about New Jersey’s updated marijuana laws.

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

There is also a new law regarding underage penalties for marijuana. This new law bars police from stopping young people if they smell marijuana. Additionally, it will only allow them 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.”

Can I Legally Buy Weed in New Jersey?

Many people have been wondering whether they can legally purchase marijuana in the state of New Jersey. This is a change that is in the works, but it has not become a reality yet. As of now, New Jersey officials are working to license new dispensaries to meet public needs.

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

It is no secret that many people are in jail for petty marijuana 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.

If you or a loved one has been charged with marijuana possession, contact our firm today to discuss your case. We are here to act as your advocates. Reach out to speak with an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney. Our firm will continue to update you on the changes being made to New Jersey’s marijuana laws.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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