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Marijuana Use And The Law In New Jersey

In recent years, state laws throughout the country regarding the use, growth and distribution of marijuana have undergone drastic changes. As large portions of the nation have become more comfortable with cannabis use for both medical and recreational purposes, many states have also shown a trend toward legalization.

Just how seriously does New Jersey treat marijuana possession charges?

While societal attitudes toward the possession and use of marijuana have become increasingly progressive over the last decade, neither the federal government nor various state governments have followed suit. Indeed, as we discussed last week, both the federal government and the state of New Jersey continue to classify marijuana as a schedule I drug, meaning it has no medicinal value and a high potential for abuse.

Appellate court to decide whether marijuana should be reclassified

History was made back in January 2010 when the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law by then-Governor Jon Corzine. Since that time, the Garden State's medical marijuana program has registered well over 7,000 patients, all of whom use the drug to treat symptoms of various medical conditions from cancer to multiple sclerosis.

Supreme Court of New Jersey's ruling raises concerns about unlawful searches and seizures

In the United States, many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today are derived from the U.S. Constitution. In the criminal justice system, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one of the most important and frequently cited doctrines and protects an individual's right to privacy by limiting the circumstances under which law enforcement officials are allowed to search or seize materials from an individual's home, property or person.

Understanding more about New Jersey's drug court system

While there is an unfortunate tendency to identify anyone involved in the criminal justice system as a hardened criminal, this is far from the reality. On the contrary, many of the people taken into custody by law enforcement officials are actively struggling with substance abuse issues.

Report: Pot possession arrests surpass those for violent crime

Back in September, our blog discussed how two state lawmakers introduced controversial legislation calling for a reversal of New Jersey's longstanding position toward marijuana, with one bill essentially calling for residents 21 and over to be able to legally possess up to an ounce of the drug, and the other bill calling for its complete decriminalization.

Is New Jersey moving toward marijuana legalization?

While it may seem hard to believe, voters across the nation will head to the polls in a matter of only weeks to cast their votes in a host of races for state and federal office. Furthermore, voters in many states will also be called upon to decide important ballot measures ranging from the mundane to the highly controversial on Election Day 2016.

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