Attorney General Grewal Provides Direction and Guidance to Law Enforcement on Marijuana

For Immediate Release: February 23, 2021

Office of The Attorney General
– Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney General

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TRENTON – Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills changing the legal status of marijuana. Last night, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued two documents to law enforcement describing the requirements of the new laws and providing enforcement guidance:

  • AG Directive 2021-1: Directive Governing Dismissals of Certain Pending Marijuana Charges. This directive instructs state, county, and municipal prosecutors to dismiss charges pending as of February 22, 2021 for any marijuana offense that is no longer illegal under state law.
  • Interim Guidance Regarding Marijuana Decriminalization. This document provides guidance to law enforcement officers regarding new enforcement requirements pursuant to the marijuana decriminalization law.

Both documents can be found at


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