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No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any highway while knowingly having in his

possession or in the motor vehicle any controlled dangerous substance as classified in Schedules

I, II, III, IV and V of the “New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act,” P.L. 1970, c. 226

(C. 24:21-1 et seq.) or any prescription legend drug, unless the person has obtained the

substance or drug from, or on a valid written prescription of, a duly licensed physician,

veterinarian, dentist or other medical practitioner licensed to write prescriptions intended for

the treatment or prevention of disease in man or animals or unless the person possesses a

controlled dangerous substance pursuant to a lawful order of a practitioner or lawfully possesses

a Schedule V substance.

A person who violates this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 and shall forthwith forfeit

his right to operate a motor vehicle for a period of two years from the date of his conviction.

L. 1964, c. 289, s. 1. Amended by L. 1985, c. 239, s. 1, eff. July 17, 1985.