New Jersey

Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Medical Marijuana
Drugged Driving

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
50 g or less Disorderly Person 6 months $ 1,000
More than 50 g Crime 1.5 years $ 25,000
Within 1000 feet of a school adds 100 hours of community service, as well as an additional fine.
Distribution
Less than 1 oz Crime 1.5 years $ 25,000
1 oz - less than 5 lbs Crime 3* - 5 years $ 25,000
5 - less than 25 lbs Crime 5* - 10 years $ 150,000
25 lbs or more Crime 10* - 20 years $ 300,000
Within 1000 feet of a school or school bus Crime 3* - 5 years $ 150,000
Includes possession with the intent to distribute
To minors or pregnant women carries a double term of imprisonment and fine.
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Cultivation
1 oz - less than 5 lbs (less than 10 plants) Crime 3* - 5 years $ 25,000
5 - less than 25 lbs (10 - less than 50 plants) Crime 5* - 10 years $ 150,000
More than 25 lbs (50 plants or more) Crime 10* - 20 years $ 300,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Hash & Concentrates
Possession of 5 g or less Disorderly Person 6 months $ 1,000
Possession of more than 5 g Crime 6 months $ 25,000
Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of less than 5 g Crime 18 months $ 10,000
Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of 5 g - less than 1 lb Crime 3* - 5 years $ 25,000
Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of 1 lb - less than 5 lbs Crime 5* - 10 years $ 150,000
Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of 5 lbs or more Crime 10* - 20 years $ 300,000
Within 1000 feet of a school or school bus Crime 3* - 5 years $ 150,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Paraphernalia
Possession or use of paraphernalia Disorderly Person 6 months $ 1,000
Sale of paraphernalia Crime 18 months $ 10,000
Miscellaneous
Failure to turn over marijuana to a police officer is a misdemeanor. Being under the influence of marijuana is a misdemeanor. Potential punishment is listed below in Penalty Details.
If under 17 year, driving privileges shall be suspended for 6 months - 2 years

Details

Conditional Release

The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Drugged Driving

This state has a per se drugged driving law enacted. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold.

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Medical Marijuana

This state has medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective.