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Administration’s Move Could Threaten Marijuana Legalization On National Level

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve previously discussed the criminality of marijuana; what the penalties around in various states such as New York and New Jersey; as well as what’s ahead for the decriminalization of the substance. In early January, the Trump administration took things in a different direction, freeing federal prosecutors to more aggressively enforce federal laws against… Read More »

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Legalizing Marijuana In New Jersey & Prosecuting Impaired Driving

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve previously discussed announcements made by incoming-governor Phil Murphy and his intentions to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. The law would permit the sale of marijuana to anyone 21 or older. However, there are some important things to keep in mind as the legalization debate intensifies this coming year, which we discuss in greater… Read More »

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Decriminalization Of Marijuana In New Jersey Starting In April 2018?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Many citizens in New Jersey are excited about the recent election results, especially insofar as how they might impact certain drug offenses and charges in the state.  We’ve discussed the possibility that New Jersey might legalize the recreational use of marijuana before, but since New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy just specifically indicated that he… Read More »

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New Jersey Grapples With Marijuana And Tobacco Laws

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In November, two notable decisions concerning marijuana and tobacco occurred in the state of New Jersey, which will affect the criminal repercussions related to these substances: State Must Reconsider Classification of Marijuana On November 1, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that the state must reconsider its legal classification for marijuana, which is currently… Read More »

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Federal Bill to Legalize Marijuana Introduced

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On August 1st, Senator Cory Booker introduced legislation—the Marijuana Justice Act—to legalize cannabis at the federal level. The bill removes cannabis from the list of drugs covered by the Controlled Substances Act, automatically expunges marijuana use and possession, incentivizes states to change their own laws if they’ve had a disproportionate effect on low-income, African-American… Read More »

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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 »

This Election Season, States Take One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Marijuana

By Phillip J. Murphy |

This year, while many worried about which candidate would win, many others focused on a very different aspect of the election: the legalization of marijuana, a substance that is still the culprit of many drug convictions each year in and outside of New York. In addition, two bills currently in Congress—the Marijuana Access to… Read More »

Obama Commutes Sentences, Making Statement about Nonviolent Drug Offenses

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On October 6th, President Obama commuted sentences for 102 federal prison inmates incarcerated for drug crimes, providing justice for individuals who were automatically cast as “career offenders” under federal law years ago and who were subject to unfair minimum mandatory sentencing. This brings the total number of sentences the president has commuted to 774,… Read More »

Drug Trafficking in New York: Getting Busted Can Land You in Prison for Life

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The headline reads, “Pearl River grandparents accused of selling thousands of painkillers”. This past May, Linda Rose Famelico and Aniello Famelico were arrested on felony drug charges after investigators found nearly 2,000 prescription pills, $18,000 in cash and a large quantity of marijuana. This is not Famelico’s first drug charge and in 2013, she… 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 »

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