What Is The Difference Between Medicinal Marijuana And Illegal Marijuana?

In the United States, the regulation of marijuana use continues to change rapidly, so it is good to know what your state laws dictate. In New Jersey, many people with progressive and painful diseases can take advantage of our state's medical marijuana program. While users of cannabis for symptom and pain relief are allowed a fixed amount monthly, recreational use of the substance is still illegal.

I am Mark Bailey, a criminal defense lawyer based in Newark. I am well-informed about all details of marijuana law in the Garden State. I have over a decade of experience advocating for New Jersey residents faced with a variety of cannabis and other drug charges. Here is the difference between medicinal marijuana and illegal marijuana.

A Medical Option

While medicinal marijuana is an option in New Jersey, patients must follow the legal protocol for the prescription, purchase and use of this drug for therapeutic reasons. Prospective medical consumers must follow these steps to follow the law:

  • Have a treating physician who is NJ-approved to prescribe medical marijuana
  • Get certified to use the drug by your medical doctor
  • Apply for registration to the state's medical use program
  • Purchase up to 2 ounces per month from a licensed cannabis dispensary

Not Legal In New Jersey

Despite marijuana's legality in several states, possession of it without a valid doctor's prescription carries severe penalties. Possession of the substance can carry penalties from up to six months to up to 18 months. Fines can range from $1,000 to $25,000. Penalties for the sale of marijuana can range from 18 months to 10 years in prison and $25,000 to $300,000 in fines.

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