Marijuana is now legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes in New Jersey. For many marijuana users, this is a welcome development. However, it is critical for people living in Pennsylvania to under understand the interplay of state and federal laws to avoid any unpleasant consequences. While it is now legal for Pennsylvania residents to purchase and use marijuana products in New Jersey, it is still illegal to bring those products back to Pennsylvania.
Marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance and illegal to possess in Pennsylvania and in the eyes of the Federal Government. If you visit New Jersey to buy marijuana or marijuana products, it is a criminal offense to bring it back to Pennsylvania. Furthermore, it is also a federal offense to transport narcotics across state lines. Both the Pennsylvania Controlled Substances Act and the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 call for prison sentences if convicted of these offenses. You may be subject to more serious drug trafficking charges and face a more severe prison sentence dependent on the amount of marijuana possessed.
It is important to remember that medicinal marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania. You are not in danger of committing a criminal offense if you purchase or possess marijuana pursuant to a valid medical prescription.
We live in a time of changing mores and laws regarding drug possession. Marijuana is and will continue to be at the forefront of these changes. We encourage residents of Pennsylvania to educate themselves on marijuana laws so they can safely and legally enjoy its benefits. If you are charged with illegal possession of marijuana or any other controlled substances, the attorneys at Bauer, Scanlon, & Wigginton are here to help! We will navigate you through the legal process and fight to avoid any harsh or unnecessary consequences. Give us a call today and our experienced attorneys will be your shield against the weight of a government prosecution.