Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Marijuana
The unwritten “hands off” approach to marijuana law enforcement in the state of New Jersey doesn’t apply if you’ve been caught actually growing and trafficking large amounts of marijuana, especially if heavy weights (more than 25 pounds) are involved, if you’re selling to minors, or if you’re using minors to sell your product. In addition, the state of New Jersey does not look kindly on active marijuana distribution networks within 1,000 feet of public schools or 500 feet of housing projects or parks.
Medical Marijuana, or Personal “Stash”?
Cannabis is a Schedule I substance in the US under the controlled substances act. It is illegal to produce, possess, or distribute without a DEA license. But Federal law conflicts with many states laws on the drug, and medical use of cannabis is permitted in 16 states – Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Washington D.C.
Simply claiming the marijuana in your possession is for medical purposes or your own personal use is not enough to keep you from being charged with a crime. When you are caught holding any drug, including marijuana, that would be considered more than for personal use, you could be facing charges of intent to distribute.
Marijuana Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys, Freehold, NJ
If you’ve been arrested for marijuana distribution, the lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall will examine your case from every angle. The first step is always to locate a basis to dismiss the charges based on a violation of your constitutional rights. Our attorneys also fight to have the charges downgraded to simple possession or push the prosecutor to allow you to enter a diversionary program that can also result in the eventual dismissal of the charges. We offer a free initial consultation to allow you to discuss your case in confidence, and if you call us on behalf of someone in jail, we can go to them. Our clients have access to us 24/7 because we are dedicated to ensuring your right to a counsel means you also get the best legal defense possible.
Use and Simple Possession of Marijuana
Distribution, Intent to Distribute
Growing, Manufacturing, Trafficking: An Overview of Marijuana Crimes in New Jersey