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New York’s Marijuana Arrest Statistics Shock Many And Reveal Room For Progress

By Phillip J. Murphy |

As we previously discussed, in January, Governor Cuomo ordered a study to be conducted on the recreational use of marijuana via the New York State Department of Health. That study has since been released, and has shocked a number of New Yorkers. The arrest statistics alone are alarming: There have been close to 900,000… Read More »


Legalizing Pot in New Jersey Comes up Again, This Time for Use at the State’s Poker Tables

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve discussed the potential decriminalization of marijuana before, particularly as it pertains to social and criminal justice issues, with lives derailed by what often turns out to be youthful indiscretions. Not only has a federal law been introduced, but in May, Senator Scutari of New Jersey recently introduced a bill that would allow for… Read More »


What’s Ahead for The Decriminalization of Marijuana?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

When it comes to the legalization and regulation of marijuana, it is important to keep in mind that there is a difference between federal authority to manage recreational vs. medical marijuana insofar as what authority the Justice Department has to enforce federal laws banning the product (i.e. arresting and prosecuting citizens for drug possession)…. Read More »

Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Nationally, there has been much debate over the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use. In 2014, the State of New York became one of the 22 states allowing access to marijuana for medical purposes. In addition, the New York Police Department changed its protocol regarding treatment of individuals who possessed small amounts… Read More »

Criminal Possession of Marijuana: The Possible Penalties Upon Conviction

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A previous article on this blog discussed the potential impacts of unlawful possession of marijuana in the state of New York. Although unlawful possession of marijuana is a violation in the state of New York, you may still be arrested and charged criminally for possessing marijuana anywhere in the state. New York’s penal code… Read More »

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