Synthetic Marijuana Lawyers in Camden County NJ
In 2013, the New Jersey State Legislature enacted N.J.S.A. 2C:35-3b which criminalized possession, manufacturing, distribution, and possess with intent to distribute all synthetic cannabinoids (a.k.a. synthetic marijuana). This law is designed to cover both presently existing and known forms of the synthetic cannabinoids but also all drugs developed using certain core compounds. N.J.S.A. 2C:35-3b therefore applies to any material, compound, mixture, or preparation that contains any quantity of the following substances:
- [2,3-Dihydro-5-methyl-3-(4-orpholinylmethyl) pyrrolo[1,2,3-de]-1, 4-benzoxazin-6-yl]-1-napthalenylmethanone. This structural class includes but is not limited to WIN 55,212-2
- (6aR,1 10aR)-9-(hydroxymethyl)-6, 6-dimethyl-3-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)-6a,7,10,10a-tetrahydrobenzo[c]chromen-l-ol 7370. This structural class includes but is not limited to HU-210
- Any other synthetic chemical compound that is a cannabinoid receptor agonist and mimics the pharmacological effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids that is not listed in Schedules II through V or is not an FDA approved drug.
Possession of any of these substances with the intent to distribute is a crime of the second degree where the quantity involved is one ounce or more. When the quantity sold or distributed is less than one ounce, the offense is a third degree crime. The same is true for personal possession of one ounce or more of synthetic marijuana or cannabinoid. Possession of less than one ounce of a synthetic cannabinoid is a fourth degree crime.
Our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, represents individual charged synthetic cannabinoid offenses throughout Camden County, including in Pine Hill, Waterford, Clementon, Barrington and Merchantville. To speak to one of our criminal attorneys, including one of our several former prosecutors, call our Cherry Hill Criminal Firm at 856-662-8300.
Penalties That Apply To Synthetic Cannabinoid
While it may take a degree in organic chemistry to understand what these prohibited substances actually are, it does not to recognize that these offenses are serious. Unlike marijuana, a conviction for possession of even the smallest quantity of this controlled dangerous substance results in a felony record. The penalties are likewise significant. A second degree crime carries with it fines up to $150,000 pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3 and the possibility of incarceration for a period set at between 5 and 10 years. A third degree synthetic cannabinoid offense carries with it a fine of up to $15,000 and the possibility of imprisonment for between 3 and 5 years. Lastly, a fourth degree synthetic marijuana charge results in a hefty fine of up to $10,000 and the possibility of jail time for up to 18 months.
Cherry Hill Synthetic Cannabinoid Attorney
You cannot afford to face these potentially life changing charges alone. Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we have over 100 years of collective experience defending against criminal distribution charges, including this recently added charge for distribution and possession of synthetic marijuana. Our attorneys know how to successfully defend N.J.S.A. 2C:35-3b charges at the Camden County Superior Court or through remand to Pennsauken, Winslow, Lindenwold, Haddon, Bellmawr or another municipality in the county. A lawyer with knowledge of the law and experience defending individuals like you is available now at 856-662-8300 for free consultation.