In recent years, the legalization of marijuana has been catapulted into our national consciousness, sparking heated debates among conservatives, liberals, and activists from all sides of the legal spectrum. In New Jersey, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance, meaning that it is recognized as having a high potential for abuse. However, New Jersey has enacted medical marijuana laws that allow qualifying patients to use marijuana as a therapeutic treatment for certain conditions. Among the conditions with accepted marijuana use are cancer, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis.
There is a rigid process in place for securing access to medical marijuana and it is illegal for individuals to cultivate marijuana in their homes or to obtain marijuana from anyone other than a state-licensed dispensary. It is also illegal to possess medical marijuana in an amount that exceeds 2 ounces per month. Outside of the medical marijuana program, it is unlawful to manufacture, distribute, or possess marijuana with the intent to distribute. These crimes are incredibly serious, spelling severe consequences including a New Jersey State Prison sentence, thousands of dollars in fines, loss of driving privileges, and a felony conviction on your criminal record.Monmouth County NJ Marijuana Defense Attorney Tara Breslow
Attorney Tara Breslow has had considerable success representing clients charged with drug crimes in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Over the last decade, she has achieved notable victories for clients charged with marijuana-related offenses in courts from Freehold to Toms River, developing a reputation as a formidable defense lawyer who will fight aggressively for her clients’ rights. A former client’s mother said this:
“My son was charged with a distribution of marijuana. Tara went above and beyond, working diligently to avoid serious fines and possible jail time. She was was able to get him into a PTI Program with an early hearing. Any time I called her, off hours or weekends, she always contacted me back, right away with the answers I needed. Her guidance and knowledge gave me such a sense of peace and comfort. I am forever grateful.” – Dee
To discuss your case with Tara and find the answers you need to move forward with confidence, contact her offices today for a cost-free consultation. You can also visit Tara’s profile on Avvo.com to view more of her 5-star reviews.Marijuana Distribution and Possession With Intent to Distribute in New Jersey
New Jersey addresses offenses for manufacturing, distributing, or possessing marijuana with intent to distribute in section N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 of the New Jersey Criminal Code. According to this statute, the degree of these charges is contingent upon the amount (specifically, the measured weight or number of plants) associated with the offense. The various levels of marijuana distribution charges are delineated as follows:
- Marijuana in a quantity of 25 pounds or more; or 50 or more marijuana plants; or hashish in a quantity of 5 pounds or more – First Degree Crime: punishable by a sentence to serve between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $300,000.
- Marijuana in a quantity of between 5 and 25 pounds; or between 10 and 50 marijuana plants; or hashish in a quantity of between 1 and 5 pounds – Second Degree Crime: punishable by a sentence to serve between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
- Marijuana in a quantity of between 1 ounce and 5 pounds; or hashish in a quantity of between 5 grams and 1 pound – Third Degree Crime: punishable by a sentence to serve between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Marijuana in a quantity of less than 1 ounce; or hashish in a quantity of less than 5 grams – Fourth Degree Crime: punishable by a sentence to serve up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
If you or someone you love has been charged with marijuana distribution or possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, you need a proactive defense strategy to confront these serious allegations. Contact the Law Offices of Tara Breslow for a free initial consultation. Ms. Breslow regularly represents clients in Freehold, Toms River, and throughout Monmouth County and she is thoroughly prepared to begin building your best defense.