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The Straight Dope on Legalization of Marijuana in New Jersey

By Andrew Olesnycky Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in New Jersey, Marijuana, Legalization, New laws, Decriminalization, Black Market, Amended Laws on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

On February 22, 2021, New Jersey became the 14th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana when Governor Phil Murphy signed a group of laws that enacted the marijuana legalization ballot measure approved by more than two-thirds of New Jersey voters in November. 

Tags: New Jersey, Marijuana, Legalization, New laws, Decriminalization, Black Market, Amended Laws

Driving While High – There May Soon be a Breathalyzer for Pot

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Marijuana, Weed, DUI, THC on Monday, August 6, 2018

With the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal uses across the country, police and legislators are scrambling for accurate devices that can detect a person’s impairment for driving under the influence of marijuana. Most law enforcement agencies rely on observation and specific cognitive and field balance tests by certified drug recognition experts (DRE). However, none are scientifically accurate to detect the level of impairment.

Tags: Marijuana, Weed, DUI, THC

Is the NJ Attorney General's moratorium on marijuana prosecutions a "move toward decriminalization?" Probably not.

By Andrew Olesnycky Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Law, New Jersey, Marijuana, Prosecution, Attorney General on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

When New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a memorandum yesterday ordering local prosecutors to temporarily halt marijuana prosecutions in municipal courts until September, news outlets, including the New York Times, called it a possible "step toward decriminalization." Amol Sinha, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey executive director, praised the move, stating that "[b]y directing prosecutors to pause adjudication of marijuana cases, this letter starts that [decriminalization] process." Marijuana trade magazines were even more effusive. 

Tags: Criminal Law, New Jersey, Marijuana, Prosecution, Attorney General

What To Do If Your Teenager is Stopped With Drugs in the Car?

By Andrew Olesnycky Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Investigation, Motor Vehicle Stop, Marijuana, Controlled Dangerous Substance on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

While most people consider themselves unlikely to become the subject of a police investigation, there is one common situation in which ordinary citizens fall under police scrutiny: the traffic stop. Police officers are trained to search for evidence of illegal activity every time they pull over a driver, whatever the reason for the stop. While the consequences for speeding, failure to maintain lane, careless driving or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can be bad enough – carrying the possibility of loss of driving privileges, assessment of motor vehicle points and higher insurance rates – things become far more serious if the police search for and find illegal drugs in a car.  Teenagers and young adults – who are presumed by police to be more likely to be in possession of illegal recreational drugs – are often the targets of such searches late at night, while driving to and from wherever it is that teenagers actually disappear to when they leave the house to “hang out with friends.”  

Tags: Criminal Investigation, Motor Vehicle Stop, Marijuana, Controlled Dangerous Substance

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