Marijuana possession laws in New Jersey vary considerably depending on the nature of the possession. The difference between a simple marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute is the quantity of marijuana involved. Prosecutors also consider whether it is the accused's first, second, or third offense. The information below applies only to simple possession of marijuana.
NJ laws in respect to simple possession of marijuana are outlined in NJSA 2C:35-10(3), Under this law, it is illegal for any person to purposely or knowingly obtain, possess marijuana. Anyone who violates this law is subject to penalties under the law.
A simple possession charge can become a very serious crime if you are found to have marijuana in a school zone. In January 2010, New Jersey adopted harsher penalties for individuals accused of having drugs in a school zone. With the adoption of these new laws, the possession of drugs in a school zone now comes with sentencing options.