NJ Medical Marijuana Laws

Updated on May 5, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

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Offense

Penalty

Incarceration

Max. Fine

Possession

50 g. or less

Disorderly Person

6 months

$1,000

50 g. or more

Felony

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.

Felony

1.5 years

$25,000

1 oz. to 5lbs.

Felony

*3-5 years

$25,000

5 lbs to 25 lbs.

Felony

*5-10 years

$150,000

25 lbs. or more

Felony

*10-20 years

$300,000

Within 1000 feet of a school or school bus.

Felony

*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. – 5 lbs. (Less than 10 plants)

Felony

*3-5 years

$25,000

5 lbs. – 25 lbs. (10 plants – 49 plants)

Felony

*5-10 years

$150,000

More than 25 lbs. (50 plants or more)

Felony

*10-20 years

$300,000

* Mandatory minimum sentence.

Hash & Concentrates

Possession

Disorderly Person

6 months

$1,000

Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of less than 5 g.

Crime in the fourth degree.

18 months

$10,000

Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of 5 g. – 1 lb.

Crime in the third degree.

5 years

$15,000

Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of 1 lb. – 5 lbs.

Crime in the second degree.

10 years

$150,000

Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of 5 lbs. or more.

Crime in the first degree.

20 years

$200,000

Paraphernalia

Possession or use of paraphernalia.

Disorderly Person

6 months

$1,000

Sale of paraphernalia.

Felony

*3-5 years

$15,000

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