New Jersey: State To Temporarily Suspend Marijuana Prosecutions

Trenton, NJ: The state’s Attorney General has called on county and municipal prosecutors to suspend marijuana-related prosecutions until early September.

In a letter obtained Wednesday by NJ Advance Media, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal wrote that “all municipal prosecutors in New Jersey seek an adjournment until September 4, 2018, or later, of any matter involving a marijuana-related offense pending in municipal court” so that his office could develop “appropriate guidance” for prosecutors. A working group is expected to take up the issue this summer.

New Jersey has one of the highest annual marijuana arrest totals in the nation. Under state law, possessing cannabis is punishable by up to six-months incarceration and a $1,000 fine.

Governor Phil Murphy campaigned on a promise to legalize and regulate adult marijuana possession and sales. To date, several bills are pending in the legislature to legalize the plant. Lawmakers are anticipated to begin debating this legislation in September.

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