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NJ Voters Want Marijuana to Be Legal

Posted by Anthony Serra | Dec 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

On November 3, NJ Voters voted yes to legalize the use of marijuana in the Garden State. However, legislators still must pass laws to end arrests for marijuana possession and to regulate the new marijuana industry before the constitutional amendment takes effect on January 1st.

The proposed bill now limits the number of marijuana growers the state can license during the first two years. Another change to the bill says employers must have “reasonable suspicion” that an employee is high on the job to conduct a drug test.

The legislation would allow people to use marijuana on their own time but attempts to keep them from using marijuana or being under its effects while working. Well that certainly makes common sense!

We recently advised a client who has a marijuana possession charge to adjourn his case until after February 2021 once it is likely the new legislation legalizing possession of the popular drug will be in place. Although not a guarantee, we believe the court will dismiss the charges in light of the passage of the new law, making possession legal.

Governor Phil Murphy must still sign the bill into law once it passes the Legislature.

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Anthony Serra

Tony Serra is a passionate advocate, especially for the elderly, disabled and those of modest means who need the services of an experienced and caring attorney. For more than 30 years, Tony has been helping common, everyday folks navigate their way through life's turbulent waters. Through innovation and utilizing modern technology, Tony and his law firm are now able to offer quality legal services that at one time were prohibitively expensive, at a fraction of the cost. If you need basic legal services, such as a Will, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Special Needs Trust, real estate transactions, uncontested guardianship pleadings and much more, please visit our website and our SMART LAW legal services platform. You will be pleasantly surprised by what we offer and glad you did! Tony is also an experienced mediator and founder of the Conflict Resolution Center of NJ. Tony has specific training in family matters as well as elder law and contested guardianship and estate cases.  

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