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Man faces new marijuana charges while considering plea

A New Jersey man who is weighing a plea agreement on multiple drug charges was indicted by a grand jury on Sept. 27. The 33-year-old man was hit with three drug charges stemming from a July 2018 incident; they were third-degree distribution of marijuana within 500 feet of a public property, third-degree distribution of THC between 50 grams and 1 ounce and fourth-degree distribution of marijuana under 50 grams.

The indictment came after a hearing in which the prosecutor said that the Sussex Borough would have 90 days to consider an agreement to resolve the July case and another outstanding case. The prosecutor noted at that time that he expected to formally bring the more recent drug charges to a grand jury. The July arrest came after the man was accused of giving marijuana to an undercover cop after the police officer claimed interest in buying a car from him. The man offered a small amount of marijuana to the cop for free after taking a test drive. After he was arrested, marijuana, THC wax, a grinder and THC oils were found in his home.

In 2016, the man was accused of running a home-based factory to produce edible marijuana candy. Police found $15,000 in cash, 10 pounds of marijuana candies and 8 pounds of cannabis. He shared the home with another man, who accepted a plea deal and a sentence of 10 years in state prison; however, the 33-year-old refused the deal.

Despite increasing support for marijuana legalization, people in New Jersey continue to face serious charges with the threat of hefty prison time for cannabis-related offenses. Someone charged with drug crimes can work with a criminal defense lawyer to challenge police and prosecution evidence.

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