Princeton NJ Synthetic Marijuana Distribution Attorneys
Law Firm with Offices in Trenton and Pennington, NJ
It might come as a surprise to learn that one of the most serious drug crimes in the State of New Jersey is synthetic marijuana distribution. Synthetic marijuana – also known as bath salts, K2, and Spice – used to be sold online and in gas stations across the state. However, New Jersey lawmakers eventually banned the drug because several studies indicated that use of synthetic marijuana has negative health consequences. Law enforcement responded by cracking down on both possession and distribution of synthetic marijuana. Although the drug has been criminalized for some time now, it is still readily available over the Internet. As a result, New Jersey police officers have doubled down in their efforts to arrest and charge anyone attempting to distribute synthetic marijuana.
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a law firm with more than 40 years of experience in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We have successfully represented countless clients charged with drug crimes in West Windsor, Ewing, and everywhere else in Mercer County, NJ. Additionally, one of our litigators was selected for inclusion in the prestigious New Jersey “Super Lawyers.” This means he is among the top five percent of all New Jersey lawyers. Call KCR today to discuss your drug crime charges with a member of our highly regarded legal team.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.3a: Synthetic Marijuana Distribution in Mercer County, NJ
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.3a makes it a crime for anyone in the State of New Jersey to knowingly or purposely manufacture, distribute, or dispense a synthetic cannabinoid. The statute also prohibits anyone from possessing a synthetic cannabinoid with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense the substance. This means that you could face distribution charges even if you merely possessed the drug and did not actually sell it.
Penalties for Synthetic Marijuana Distribution in Trenton, New Jersey
NJ prosecutors do not shy away from seeking maximum penalties in these cases. This means that if you have been charged with synthetic marijuana distribution, you could be facing significant prison time.
The penalties for distribution of synthetic marijuana vary, depending upon the weight of the drug:
- Less than 1 Oz.: If the quantity involved is less than 1 ounce of synthetic marijuana, the offense is classified as a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree distribution of marijuana carries a potential sentence of 3–5 years in NJ State Prison and a $15,000 fine.
- 1 Oz. or More: If the quantity involved is 1 ounce or more of synthetic marijuana, the offense is classified as a second degree felony. A conviction for second degree distribution of synthetic marijuana carries a potential sentence of 5–10 years in NJ State Prison and a $150,000 fine.
Although New Jersey prosecutors and judges have a degree of flexibility when it comes to sentencing drug offenders, the sentencing options are limited when the conviction is for second degree synthetic marijuana distribution. That’s because second degree drug crimes carry a presumption of incarceration. This means that even if you are a first-time offender with a clean record, you will still be subject to a mandatory minimum prison sentence.
Speak with Hamilton NJ Synthetic Marijuana Lawyers
The criminal defense lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson understand the nuances of New Jersey drug laws. We also have the experience needed to negotiate with prosecutors and contest your synthetic marijuana charges in the courtroom. Contact us immediately to start your defense. You can call day or night to speak with a member of our drug crime defense team, or you can fill out the online contact form to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Trenton or Pennington.