Morristown NJ Marijuana Possession LawyersSeveral New Jersey lawmakers recently went to Colorado so that they could learn how legalizing recreational marijuana had affected various aspects of that state’s government, economy, and public safety. Upon returning from Colorado, NJ Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney declared that he believes the legalization of marijuana would be a “game-changer” for job creation in the Garden State. Sweeney made a point of highlighting Colorado’s success with its own marijuana legalization laws and stated that he is “absolutely sold that this industry can be regulated” because “it’s safe, it’s well managed, and Colorado has done an amazing job.”

Existing NJ criminal laws prohibit the recreational possession of marijuana and the use of marijuana anywhere in New Jersey. The NJ Criminal Code specifically classifies the possession of 50 grams or less of pot as a disorderly persons offense (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4)) and the possession of more than 50 grams of pot as a fourth degree criminal offense (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(5)).

Despite the prohibition of marijuana in most instances, the NJ Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act (“CUMMA”), N.J.S.A. 24:6I-1 et seq. allows for individuals to possess and use marijuana for the treatment or alleviation of pain associated with debilitating medical conditions in accordance with the certifications of a patient’s physicians. Moreover, CUMMA provides a definition of “debilitating medical condition” as any the following: seizure disorder, including epilepsy; intractable skeletal muscular spasticity; glaucoma; human immunodeficiency virus; acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); cancer; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; multiple sclerosis; terminal cancer; muscular dystrophy; inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease; terminal illness with a prognosis of less than 12 months of life; and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

For NJ lawmakers who want to legalize marijuana in the not-too-distant future, there are five steps that would need to be taken before New Jersey could officially transition from permissible medical marijuana to legalized recreational marijuana:

  1. Introduce laws that borrow heavily from the best aspects of Colorado’s pot legalization laws, while at the same time learning from the mistakes in the Colorado laws.
  2. Enlist further public support for marijuana legalization in New Jersey.
  3. Secure support from top political leaders in the NJ state legislature.
  4. Elect a new governor of New Jersey.
  5. Hope that the president and the US Justice Department decline to interfere with the state’s marijuana laws.

The last two steps suggest how difficult it would be to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. That’s because New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has repeatedly said that he will not approve the legalization of marijuana or officially decriminalize marijuana possession. Beyond that, although states like Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, have already legalized marijuana, recreational marijuana is still criminalized under federal law as a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). What this means is that the federal government could decide, at any moment, to enforce federal marijuana laws and arrest individuals in possession of pot – even in states where the drug has been legalized.

Parsippany NJ Drug Crime LawyersParsippany NJ police recently arrested two men accused of illegally selling prescription drugs and synthetic drugs at an adult video store.

The suspects, a Parsippany man and a Livingston man, have been accused of conspiring to sell drugs to customers of an adult video store located on Route 46 in Parsippany, New Jersey. The Parsippany man reportedly owns the store, while the Livingston man is believed to be a store employee.

The Parsippany Police Department started an investigation into the suspects after getting multiple tips that synthetic drugs were being sold at the video store. Police eventually obtained and executed a search warrant, allegedly turning up more than 100 packages of synthetic drugs that included imitation Xanax and nail polish removers being marketed as inhalants.

The two suspects have been charged with a number of very serious drug crimes, including conspiracy to distribute imitation controlled dangerous substances (CDS), conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs, and conspiracy to distribute toxic chemicals.

After being arrested and processed, the suspects were transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. The Livingston posted $150,000 bail and secured his release, while the Parsippany suspect remained held at the jail in lieu of $125,000 bail.

For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Adult Video Store in Parsippany Sold Synthetic Drugs, Cops Say.”

Chatham New Jersey Marijuana AttorneysChatham Borough NJ cops recently arrested a man who allegedly possessed marijuana while sitting in the driveway of his house.

Around 4:30 a.m., Summit NJ police got a call about a man acting suspiciously and carrying a handgun in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven on Morris Avenue in Summit, NJ. Summit police broadcast the report, prompting two Chatham Borough patrol cops to go to the suspect’s residence because they recognized him from the description.

When the Chatham police officers got to the suspect’s home on Willow Street in Chatham NJ, they allegedly saw him standing next to a car in his driveway.

The suspect allegedly told the police officers that he had come from the 7-Eleven in Summit, New Jersey. Police then searched the suspect’s motor vehicle and reportedly found a toy gun in the front seat and a large Ziploc bag filled with marijuana lying next to the car. The suspect was subsequently arrested.

The suspect, a 19-year-old Chatham Borough man, has been charged with multiple crimes, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription.

Last year, the suspect was placed under arrest by Madison NJ cops and charged with similar drug offenses that included simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

For further information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Chatham Teen Brings Toy Gun to 7-Eleven.”

Washington Township NJ Imitation Firearm AttorneysWashington Township NJ police arrested an individual who allegedly possessed illegal drugs and possessed an airsoft gun while driving through Califon, NJ.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspect was driving a car on a road in Califon New Jersey when a Washington Township patrol cop saw him commit a moving violation. Washington Township NJ police officers are routinely patrol Califon just past the borough’s border with Hunterdon County.

The police officer in this case got closer to the car and reportedly noticed that the suspect was probably under the influence of marijuana. The Washington Township police officer also reportedly spotted the suspect trying to hide a stash of marijuana inside the vehicle.

When police later searched the car, they allegedly found two bags of marijuana and two bags of cocaine.

Additionally, police also allegedly discovered the suspect with a paintball gun holstered to his sock.

The suspect is a 20-year-old man who lives in Oxford, New Jersey. He was placed under arrest and charged with several crimes, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of cocaine, and simple possession of marijuana.

The Washington Township Police Department issued an announcement about the arrest and also posted a photo of the seized airsoft gun on the police department’s Facebook page. The image of the imitation firearm was accompanied by another image of an actual handgun. Washington Township police hope to educate the public about how difficult it can be for a police officer to recognize an imitation firearm and distinguish it from an actual firearm.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Somerset County Jail. He later secured posted $10,000 bail and was released with a summons to appear in court to address the criminal charges against him.

For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article, “Washington Twp. Cops: Gun Arrest Could Have Gone Bad.”

Parsippany NJ Marijuana Distribution AttorneysA Morris County grand jury recently indicted two Parsippany NJ men on charges of maintaining a marijuana production facility.

The suspects include a 58-year-old male and a 40-year-old male who lived in the Mount Tabor section of Parsippany, New Jersey. The suspects reportedly used a residence located on Force Place as a base of operations for growing marijuana.

Parsippany NJ police got a tip about illegal drug activity at the residence and opened an investigation. Police soon got a search warrant and executed the warrant at the Force Place residence.

When police conducted a search of the Parsippany NJ residence, they allegedly found 59 marijuana plants. According to authorities, the suspects were cultivating the marijuana plants for distribution.

Both suspects face criminal charges for the drug offense of maintaining a drug production facility. Additionally, the suspects have been charged with other drugs crimes, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana.

If the suspects are ultimately convicted, they face severe penalties. That’s because the NJ Criminal Code classifies maintaining a marijuana production facility as a first degree crime when the facility has more than 10 marijuana plants.

The suspects could be headed to trial after a Morris County grand jury indicted them on the drug crime charges.

For further information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Parsippany Neighbors Indicted in Pot-Growing Enterprise.”

Morris County NJ Drug Distribution AttorneysA Jefferson New Jersey man who allegedly sold a fatal dose of heroin in Wharton NJ could soon be charged with homicide.

The suspect is a 41-year-old male resident of Jefferson in Morris County, New Jersey. He has already been charged with distribution of heroin. However, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is still investigating the suspect and could soon bring homicide charges against the suspect because the person he allegedly sold the heroin to later died due to a drug overdose.

The suspect allegedly sold the drugs to the victim in Wharton, NJ. The person who bought the drugs reportedly died as a result of a heroin overdose.

The suspect is being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. His bail amount is $125,000, but that figure could rise if Morris County prosecutors decide to charge the suspect with homicide.

In New Jersey, a person who sells a deadly dose of drugs can potentially be charged with homicide under the New Jersey Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death law. A conviction could result in several years behind bars.

For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Man under Investigation over Fatal Heroin Overdose, Report Says.”

Mount Olive NJ Drunk Driving LawyersMount Olive police officers recently arrested a Netcong NJ man accused of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) on a local road. The DWI suspect was also charged with various prescription drug crimes because police allegedly found him with illegal prescription painkillers while arresting him.

The suspect was arrested early in the morning by Mount Olive NJ cops. The Mount Olive police officers initially looked into the suspect after seeing a poor parking job in the parking lot of a Mount Olive NJ Lowe’s Home Improvement store. When the Mount Olive police officers moved toward the suspect’s car and talked to the driver, they allegedly smelled the odor of alcohol on his breath. Additionally, the Mount Olive cops reportedly noticed that the suspect appeared to be highly intoxicated.

One of the cops allegedly saw an open container of beer that was clearly visible inside the suspect’s motor vehicle. The police officers also reportedly noticed three bottles containing prescription pills.

Cops administered field sobriety tests to the suspect in order to determine whether he was drunk. When the suspect allegedly failed the field sobriety tests, he was arrested.

The prescription painkillers found in the suspect’s car was later identified by authorities as Gabapentin, a nerve pain medication. The suspect allegedly lacked a valid prescription for the pills.

The suspect, a 31-year-old man from Netcong NJ, faces criminal charges for illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. The suspect was also cited for traffic violations that included drunk driving and reckless driving.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was released to the custody of a friend. The suspect still has to make an appearance in Mount Olive Municipal Court so that he can address the charges against him.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Crooked Parking Job at Lowe’s Leads to DWI, Drug Charges.”

Flanders NJ Driving While Intoxicated ChargesA Flanders New Jersey man who crashed his automobile on a local roadway now faces criminal charges for drug possession. Additionally, the Flanders man was cited for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

The suspect was allegedly driving a silver Mitsubishi and traveling on a road that passes the Overlook Apartment when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a guardrail.

When Mount Olive NJ cops, firefighters, and emergency medical crews arrived at the scene of the car accident, they found the victim trapped inside the car. Authorities used hydraulic rescue tools as they worked to remove the victim from the crushed motor vehicle.

The victim received medical treatment at the scene before being taken to Morristown Medical Center in Morristown NJ, where doctors provided additional medical treatment and stabilized his condition.

While the victim was being treated for a possible concussion at the Morristown hospital, Mount Olive NJ police officers searched his car and allegedly found a bag containing heroin. Police officers also reportedly discovered a metal pipe with heroin residue. The suspect was later arrested and charged with heroin possession.

The suspect, a 55-year-old man who lives in the Flanders section of Mount Olive NJ, was also charged with drunk driving. That’s because a blood test taken at the hospital reportedly showed that his blood alcohol content (BAC) was above the New Jersey legal limit of .08 percent.

For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Driver Trapped after Mount Olive Crash Faces DWI, Drug Charges.”

Franklin NJ Cocaine Possession LawyersPolice officers recently arrested four individuals who allegedly sold crack cocaine and other illegal drugs in Franklin Borough, New Jersey.

According to authorities, the suspects were engaged in an operation that distributed illicit narcotics throughout Franklin NJ, which is located in Sussex County.

As soon as law enforcement became aware of the alleged drug distribution ring, they started an investigation into the suspect. For two months, several law enforcement agencies investigated the drug network, including the Franklin Borough Police Department and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office.

At the end of the investigation, Franklin police officers executed search warrants and apprehended the suspects at multiple locations. Police reportedly found a large amount of crack cocaine and a small amount of methadone at the suspects’ residences. Most of the illegal drugs had allegedly been packaged for distribution on the street.

One suspect arrested by police is a 35-year-old Franklin man. He has been charged with possession of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine.

Another suspect apprehended by law enforcement is a 35-year-old resident of Andover, New Jersey. He faces multiple drug crime charges, including cocaine possession, cocaine distribution, and possession of amphetamine.

Two of the suspects are married and live in Hamburg, NJ. The suspects have been charged with illegal distribution of methadone. They also face child neglect charges because they reportedly used an underage child to distribute the drugs.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Four Face Crack, Methadone Charges in Franklin Borough.”

Mount Olive NJ Criminal Defense AttorneysA man from Mount Olive NJ faces multiple criminal charges for possession of heroin and theft by unlawful taking after he allegedly broke into a parked car and stole $3,000 in cash.

According to Morris County authorities, the suspect was apprehended by Mount Olive NJ police officers earlier this year when the patrol cops spotted him breaking into a parked motor vehicle. During a subsequent search of the suspect, police allegedly found him in possession of 12 glassine folds of heroin, as well as US currency and Guatemalan currency that had gone missing from a 2007 Toyota Tundra parked nearby.

The suspect faces charges for numerous crimes, including burglary, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, eluding law enforcement, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), and drug paraphernalia possession. The suspect has also been charged with obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence because he allegedly tried to discard the heroin and then destroy the drugs by stomping on them prior to being arrested.

The 46-year-old suspect resides in the Flanders area of Mount Olive, NJ. He recently made an appearance in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ for a bail review hearing.

After the bail hearing, the suspect was taken back to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $45,000 bail.

For more information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “‘Team Money’ Heroin found on Flanders Man, Authorities Said.”