Morristown NJ Synthetic Marijuana Possession Lawyers
Criminal trial lawyers represent clients charged with synthetic marijuana possession, cocaine distribution, and aggravated assault in Chatham, Mendham, Dover, and Chester. Our criminal trial team is composed for former prosecutors and experienced criminal defense attorneys with over 100 years of combined legal experience representing clients throughout New Jersey. Contact our offices anytime for a free initial consultation at (973)971-0030.
Possession of Synthetic Marijuana in New Jersey: N.J.S. 2C:35-10.3a
On August 22, 2011, Governor Chris Christie signed SCS-28289, which criminalized the manufacture, distribution, sale, and possession of synthetic drugs commonly labeled as "bath salts" or "plant food" in New Jersey. The bill, now known as "Pamela's Law," which was ultimately codified in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.3a (manufacture, distribution, and sale) and 2C:35-10.3a (possession) was named in memory of Pamela Schmidt, a Rutgers student and Warren Township resident, who was believed to have been murdered by an individual under the influence of synthetic drugs.
The possession statute, N.J.S. 2C:35-10.3a, provides in pertinent part:
3. a. It is a crime for any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess, substances containing: 4-methylmethcathinone (mephedrone, 4-MMC); 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV); 3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone (methylone, MDMC), 4-methoxymethcathinone (methedrone, bk-PMMA, PMMC); 3-fluoromethcathinone (3-FMC); or 4-fluoromethcathinone (flephedrone, 4-FMC).
b. A person who violates subsection a. of this section where the quantity involved is one ounce or more is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
c. A person who violates subsection a. of this section where the quantity involved is less than one ounce is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.
Penalties for Synthetic Marijuana Possession in New Jersey
As the above statute details, possession of synthetic marijuana in New Jersey is a serious offense. Ironically, many of these products were sold over the counter at gas stations and convenience stores and were also available for purchase online. In fact, in some cases, possession of synthetic marijuana is more serious than possession of real marijuana. For example, possession of less than fifty (50) grams of real marijuana is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey punishable by up to six (6) months in the county jail. On the other hand, possession of less than fifty (50) grams of synthetic marijuana, according to the above statute, is a 4th degree indictable offense which is punishable by up to eighteen (18) months in New Jersey state prison.
If you or a loved one has been charged with possession or distribution of synthetic marijuana in New Jersey, contact our Morristown or Parsippany office locations for a free initial consultation at (973)971-0030.