For the remainder of the summer, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has requested that all marijuana offenses be adjourned.
Grewal has written a memo to the municipal prosecutors in the 21 counties of New Jersey stating that by the end of August he intends to issue a statewide directive concerning marijuana.
However, this does not mean that people currently facing charges or have pending cases will go unpunished.
He explains that the directive will explain the way forward in handling marijuana-related offenses in municipal courts.
“By the end of August, I intend to issue a statewide directive concerning the scope and appropriate use of prosecutorial discretion in marijuana-related offences in municipal court.”
No solid decisions have been made, so it would be untimely to believe that prosecution of marijuana offenses are permanently suspended.
New Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop believes that this will be a big win for New Jersey.
“This is a huge win for Jersey City, the state of New Jersey and, most importantly, the people who would have been impacted by the creation of a criminal record due to as simple marijuana arrest.”
Initially, it was expected that the matter would have been resolved by July 1, but budget discussion slowed the process.
Governor Phil Murphy is a supporter of marijuana especially if it will bring income into the state and it is done correctly.
“If you’re going to do it, and the state can earn some money, let’s do it a smart way. This is one where we all want to do it, but we want to do it right. There’s a lot of harmony to try to do it sooner rather than later, but we have to do it right.”