When New Jersey legalized possession of cannabis for recreational use, it didn’t permit the unlicensed selling of the drug.
But it did require police to issue warnings to small-time dealers for a first offense instead of arresting them. Since then, data obtained from the state Judiciary shows the number of people arrested for selling small amounts of cannabis has dropped from the thousands to fewer than three dozen.
The data also shows there have been relatively few arrests for possessing more cannabis than is permitted under state law.
“When it came to selling less than an ounce, that is when people got into serious lifetime problems with the criminal justice system,” said Chris Goldstein, regional advocate for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “So that’s good news.”