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New Jersey Cannabis Bill Ends Arrests for Marijuana Possession

Posted on: February 23, 2021

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and the state legislature finally came to an agreement on Monday regarding the basic structure of legalized adult-use cannabis for the Garden State. Months after voters overwhelmingly backed a referendum, the state now allows citizens over 21 years old to carry up to six ounces of marijuana legally. Police officers will not be allowed to arrest minors in possession or consuming cannabis, nor approach them if they smell it around the person. Minors will receive a series of warnings, also now used for underage alcohol possession. 

While the governor and legislature bickered over enforcement and other particulars, over 2,000 citizens were arrested for minor marijuana possession since the referendum passed in November, with those cases currently pending. Those affected by these new laws and previous charges may have questions and need proper representation. Ellis Law will walk clients through the process of fighting an arrest in that time of limbo. With years of defending marijuana possession cases, the criminal defense lawyers at Ellis Law are ready to assist clients with their case. Call 732-308-0200 or fill out an online form to get started today. Located in Freehold, New Jersey, the firm serves those charged with crimes throughout East Brunswick, Toms River, Middletown, Jersey City, Neptune, Hudson County, Union County, Essex County, and Ocean County, as well as Brooklyn and New York, New York.

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