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New jersey's marijuana laws: changes on the horizon

With a long line of states already having legalized marijuana on some level, New Jersey may not be far behind. While medical marijuana assists countless patients in need, these changes in laws could also mean positive news for those worried about facing drug charges. Recent news indicates that modifications to state laws may be taking place even sooner than expected. 

Consequences of driving while high in New Jersey

New Jersey residents may know that cannabis laws in the Garden State are among the highest in the nation. That being said, many of those who enjoy marijuana continue to drive after smoking or having pot-laced edibles. It is important to understand the potential penalties of driving with marijuana in one’s system, as well as how THC – the chemical in marijuana that causes a high – affects driving.

Attorney General says prosecute pot users

New Jersey is one of 29 states, plus Washington, D.C., to have legalized marijuana in some form. Some states, such as California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine, have legalized, or at least decriminalized, the recreational use of marijuana. Washington, D.C., has done likewise. All of these states regulate and tax the production and sale of marijuana, bringing substantial revenues into state coffers.

Four allegedly smoking pot at country club

While many states around the country have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, New Jersey is not one of them. Even if this law does ever change, it may well be that persons under the age of 21 would not be allowed to use the drug just like with alcohol. This is the standard for other states that have legalized pot recreationally. In the meantime, no person is allowed to smoke or otherwise consume marijuna in the state for enjoyment.

Drug crisis in U.S. hurting New Jersey residents

New Jersey residents who are accused of drug crimes know that understanding the full facts of a situation can make a big difference in someone's opinion about what has actually happened. One example of this might be a case in which a person is charged with a criminal offense involving a drug, especially an opioid. One part of the full story in these situations might actually involve a serious drug addiction.

Treatment urged by officers after drug arrests

Many New Jersey residents have heard reports about drug problems plaguing the nation today. Sadly, these drug problems can sometimes lead people into situations in which they participate in or are accused of participating in criminal acts. The downward spiral of drug addiction and crime can be incredibly interwoven. The criminal justice system's approach to simply convicting people of drug crimes and putting them in jail does not appear to have made a positive difference in this.

Death of witness prompts early release of inmate

People who are arrested for and charged with serious crimes in New Jersey may often find it hard to trust that the criminal justice system can or will be fair to them. This, however, is very important and defendants need to know that there are certain processes that must be followed and that they provide great protection for defendant's rights.

Multiple arrests for alleged drug ring

New Jersey residents who are accused of serious drug crimes will always want to know and remember that they have the right to defend themselves against these charges. A defense may take many forms that may include proving one's innocence, entering into a plea bargain for a lesser charge and set of penalties or something else. No matter how it works, the judicial system does give everyone this opportunity in an effort to protect their rights.

Many call for drug emergency declaration

New Jersey residents who have been charged with criminal offenses related to drugs know that many factors may contribute to the use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription drugs. Drug addiction can be a serious problem faced by many that leads them into the path of legal and criminal trouble. While the judicial and law enforcement systems have traditionally focused on penalties for people accused of drug crimes, there is a growing awareness of the need for treatment.

Narcotics and anxiety drugs part of criminal charge

New Jersey leads the nation in strictly monitoring prescription drug orders including imposing maximum durations for some first-time prescriptions for narcotic drugs. This is an effort on the part of the government to curb what it says is the fraudulent issuing of too many prescriptions for potential financial gain. In the last year, over 30 doctors have been targets of criminal action for allegedly prescribing narcotics when not appropriate.

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