From July 19, low-level nonviolent marijuana offences were viewed as violation instead of a misdemeanour.
The main reason for the policy was to lessen the number of convictions.
It means fewer subpoenas to police officers for marijuana prosecutions that had zero impact on public safety, so more time can be spent on more pressing matters like prosecutions of assault, theft and domestic violence.
The only amendment to the policy is if the charge was associated with driving under marijuana influence.
Police reported that they were excited about the policy since it provides a solution to an ongoing issue.
They are now free to use that extra time they were using for low-level marijuana offences to chase violent offenders.
Prior to the police, there were more than 25,000 arrests for simple marijuana possession in New Jersey each year.
This was costing the city nearly $1 billion per decade in policing, court operations, probation, and jailing.
However, 24 hours after the policy was added, the attorney general of New Jersey, Mr. Gubir Grewal voided the policy stating that it was an overreach of municipal prosecutorial authority.
But he did agree to adjourn all marijuana-related prosecutions in municipal courts statewide for six weeks.
In addition, he would have a working group that could guide him on a statewide directive.[share-btn]