Today could be the day that we in the Criminal Defense bar have been waiting for. After promises of a vote for over a year now, we are scheduled for a vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana in both the Senate and General Assembly, on Monday, March 25.
It is unclear whether it will pass. It appears that the General Assembly has enough votes, but the Senate is still up in the air. It is also unclear as to whether the bills to voted on will include expansions for medical marijuana and the automatic expungement of prior marijuana arrests.
Governor Murphy campaigned on the promise of the legalization of recreational marijuana and the expansion of medical marijuana in New Jersey. Today could be the day that recreational marijuana is legalized, making New Jersey the 11th state to do so. This can have an impact on your current and past marijuana arrests.
We will continue to keep you updated as the issue is voted on and debated in the Statehouse. If you have any questions or concerns while we wait, please do not hesitate to call and speak to one of our attorneys at (732) 741-4448.