Drugs and College Life in New Jersey


Posted by: James B. Dudley on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Sending a child off to college in New Jersey is a stressful time for every parent.  Partly because, the is the first time the child will be truly on his or her own.  New experiences and new temptations will await them on and off campus. One such temptation may involve illegal drugs.  Knowing skilled and experienced local lawyers can make a difference in how a college student resolves the legal consequences regarding drugs.

In New Jersey, the body of laws governing Controlled Dangerous Substances is large.  These laws address the possession, consumption, manufacture and distribution of many kinds of drugs. The New Jersey Comprehensive Drug Reform Act of 1987 applies to both street drugs as well as to prescription medications.

Street drugs are clearly illegal to possess, consume and distribute.  Likewise, there are legal issues regarding prescription drugs.  Either class of drugs can result in severe legal problems for college students. For example, while there are states that have legalized both medicinal and recreational marijuana; New Jersey has not yet done so.

In New Jersey there are criminal penalties for the possession of marijuana without a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice. That means that recreational marijuana is currently not legal in New Jersey.

The scope of New Jersey law governing the possession of drug paraphernalia is also broad and very inclusive, covering everything from the possession and the use of hypodermic syringes and hypodermic needles to scales and balances.

Parents can contact the attorneys at Wiley Lavender, P.C. when their college student has come into contact with New Jersey police and courts regarding drugs.