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Monthly Archives: November 2020


Could Legalized Recreational Cannabis Be New York State’s Ticket to Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

When you look at the history of cannabis policies, it becomes obvious that New York was miles ahead of the rest of the country for decades.  In some ways, it is surprising that New York has not legalized recreational cannabis use for adults at the state level, when eleven other states, including deep red… Read More »


Rockland County Drug Court Aims to Help Defendants in Their Paths to Society

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Does it make sense to send someone to prison for years, or even decades, for possession of a single dose of illegal drugs?  Given our society’s current understanding of substance use disorder as an illness, it is cruel and unfair to compound the suffering of people struggling with addiction by imposing prison sentences, followed… Read More »


Cyber-Harassment Can Land You in State Prison, as Well as Costing You Your Job

By Phillip J. Murphy |

You know you are dealing with a member of the older generation when they attach the prefix “cyber” to words referring to activities that involve devices that connect to the Internet, but cyber-bullying, also known as cyber-harassment, is distinct from old-fashioned schoolyard bullying and is even more insidious.  In the old days, victims of… Read More »


The New Jersey Pretrial Intervention Program: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity, but Not a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card

By Phillip J. Murphy |

As you ride to the county jail after getting arrested, you probably wish that the preceding minutes or hours had never happened.  You wish that there could be a way to turn back time.  In fact, the New Jersey Pretrial Intervention (PTI) program is the closest thing there is to erasing your criminal case… Read More »


What’s Next for New Jersey Marijuana Laws If the Recreational Cannabis Referendum Passes?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

It is an understatement to say that a lot is at stake in this year’s presidential election, and in New Jersey, voters will have a chance with a big decision about one of the most fragrant, and most polarizing, plants in the Garden State.  On Election Day, New Jersey voters will have a chance… Read More »


The Many Penalties for DWI in New Jersey

By Phillip J. Murphy |

If you are going to drink and drive, New Jersey is not the place to do it.  Many states have pretrial diversion programs, where first-time DWI defendants can get their charges dropped if they fulfill requirements such as completing an alcohol education program, New Jersey does not offer this option.  None of New Jersey’s… Read More »

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