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New Jersey Laws and Programs

  • By: Gina M. Robertiello
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

New Jersey has some of the toughest laws in the United States on drug use, possession, and distribution. Those convicted face the risk of fines, license suspension, incarceration, and a criminal record. The penalties vary by the type and amount of drugs, as well as the intentions of the offender. In the New Jersey Criminal Code, charges include possession, possession with intent to distribute, distribution, trafficking, or drug paraphernalia, manufacturing, dispensing, and being under the influence of drugs. In addition, certain drugs, no matter the amount found (such as heroin, crack, and methamphetamine), are punished more harshly because they are more dangerous.

Punishments in New Jersey have become more severe over the years, especially for those who manufacture illegal drugs. There are now also stiffer ...

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