Sale and Trafficking | Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
As a general rule, though New Jersey does allow for medical use of marijuana, the state takes a serious approach to the possession, cultivation, and trafficking of the drug. In Part One of this series, we looked at how New Jersey treats possession and cultivation of marijuana. In this blog, we look at the penalties for sale or trafficking, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sale and Trafficking of Marijuana in New Jersey
As we indicated in Part One of this series, New Jersey identifies all marijuana crimes as Schedule I offenses, considered the most serious drug crimes. The penalties for sale or trafficking are based primarily on the amount sold (you can also be charged with possessing a quantity of marijuana with the intent to sell).
- Less than 1 ounce—Selling less than 1 ounce carries a potential prison sentence of 18 months, as well as a fine of up to $25,000
- Less than 5 pounds—If you are caught trafficking more than 1 ounce but less than 5 pounds, you can face 3-5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine
- Less than 25 pounds—For a conviction for selling more than 5 pounds but less than 25 pounds, you can be sentenced to 5-10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines
- More than 25 pounds—If convicted, you face between 10 and 20 years in prison and up to $300,000 in fines
Certain characteristics of the offense can add to the penalties, including trafficking in a school zone, public park, or public housing or selling to a minor or pregnant woman.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
New Jersey also penalizes possession of certain items used in the growing, harvesting, processing, selling, storing, or use of marijuana. Objects that may constitute drug paraphernalia include pipes, bongs, roach clips, spoons, cigarette papers, and chillums (cone-shaped pipes). Possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by incarceration for up to 6 months, a $1,000 fine, or both.
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