Although the recreational use of marijuana has become legal in many states, you should understand that various laws still apply to the use and sale of cannabis. In New Jersey, you can face harsh penalties for violating these laws, and some people do not realize that certain activities can lead to drug charges.
Charges due to a drug-related offense could cause a wide variety of hardships, whether you have difficulty finding work, lose your job, deal with a tarnished reputation or struggle due to court-imposed penalties.
Buying, using and possessing marijuana
According to the State of New Jersey’s website, you can buy marijuana for recreational purposes at licensed dispensaries. However, those who wish to buy marijuana must be over the age of 21. You can only buy and possess up to one ounce of usable cannabis. Moreover, while you have the ability to use recreational marijuana on private property, landlords have the ability to prohibit the use of marijuana on property they own.
Other marijuana laws in New Jersey
You should also familiarize yourself with other laws related to marijuana. For example, it is against the law to take cannabis to other states, and while you can give up to one ounce of marijuana to a friend over 21 as a gift, you cannot receive any compensation for marijuana you give them. Moreover, it is against the law to drive while intoxicated due to cannabis.
If you face drug charges related to marijuana or any other type of offense, you need to take a close look at the details of your case and move forward carefully.