New Jersey drug possession laws cover any amount of marijuana that is in the possession or on the property of any person. The punishment for marijuana possession, cultivation and distribution varies dependent on the quantity of the drug in question. New Jersey is one of the harshest states when it comes to marijuana possession. The punishments are particularly severe. All marijuana possession cases have enforceable jail sentences, even if the amount of marijuana in question is small.
Let's take a look at the consequences of marijuana possession, cultivation or sale in the state of New Jersey:
Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor in New Jersey. If convicted, there is a jail term of 6 months, along with a $ 1000 fine. Possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana is considered a felony and carries a jail term of 18 months along with a $ 25,000 fine. If convicted of possession of marijuana within 1000 feet of a school there is an additional minimum of 100 hours community service along with a larger fine. The added fine amount varies depending on the amount of marijuana in question.
Cultivation of any amount of marijuana in New Jersey is considered a felony. Cultivation of less than 1 ounce carries a jail term of 18 months along with a $ 10,000 fine. Cultivation of anywhere from 1 ounce to 5 pounds carries a jail term of 3 – 5 years and a $ 25,000 fine. Cultivation of 5 to 25 pounds carries a jail term of 5 – 10 years along with a $ 150,000 fine. Cultivation of more than 25 pounds (or more than 50 plants) carries a jail term of 10 – 20 years and a fine of $ 300,000.
Sale of less than 1 ounce of marijuana in New Jersey is considered a misdemeanor and carries a jail term of 1 year along with a fine of $ 150,000. Sale of 1 ounce or more is considered a felony and caries a jail term of 3 years along with a fine of $ 150,000. If you are convinced of selling marijuana in New Jersey within 1000 feet of school property or a school bus there is additional $ 150,000 and your jail term will be increased by up to one half. If you are convinced of selling less than 1 ounce of marijuana within 500 feet of public housing it is considered a felony and carries an additional 3 – 5 year jail sentence and $ 15,000 fine. Selling more than 1 ounce of marijuana within 500 feet of public housing carries an additional 5 – 10 years jail term and $ 150,000 fine. A double penalty is imposed on anyone convicted of selling marijuana to a minor or pregnant female in the state of New Jersey.
In the state of New Jersey, any juveniles charged with possession [out] faces the potential loss of their driver's license along with mandatory fines. In the criminal court system there is a great deal of emphasis placed on punishment. If a juvenile is denied on a criminal charge he or she may be sentenced to a jail term in an adult prison. A conviction remains on the juvenile's record- even into adulthood. The only way around this is to have a lawyer file a motion to have the record expunged.