New Jersey adopted a constitutional amendment in late 2020 that decriminalized and legalized the use of cannabis for adults aged 21 and over to buy cannabis. However, it wasn’t until Thursday, April 21st of 2022, that the Garden State allowed 12 of its 18 cannabis sites to open their doors to adults without prescription cards.
With the new set of rules to follow regarding NJ marijuana use and purchase, residents need to know what is and is not permitted.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about New Jersey recreational marijuana sales.
What’s Illegal Under NJ Marijuana Laws
- In 2021, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJ-CRC) outlined personal use rules for cannabis. The commission oversees the buying/selling, cultivation, manufacturing, and transfer of all cannabis products. As of April of 2022, the following acts are outlawed:
- Selling or distributing cannabis to minors
- Criminal sales
- Transporting or selling cannabis in other states is still subject to federal and state laws
- Use or possession of firearms
- Possession of cannabis on federal land and cannabis use in public
- Growing or cultivating cannabis crops without a license
- Driving under the influence (but transporting up to six ounces is legal)
New Jersey is the only state that does not allow residents to own or grow cannabis plants, regardless of intent. Ownership of a single plant warrants a third-degree crime and can land one five years in prison and fines of $25,000. However, one can gift the product to a friend so long as no money is exchanged.
Workplaces can still drug test employees but cannot carry out disciplinary actions unless they use the product at work or attend work under the influence. The only place one can use cannabis is their home; however, property managers can prohibit tenants from using cannabis.
What’s Legal in NJ
Adults with a valid ID can purchase up to one ounce of product per day. The types of products for sale include cannabis flower, pre-rolled jointed, vape cartridges, edibles, concentrates, tinctures & tinctures.
Additionally, NJ residents can buy one ounce of a single product type from a recreational marijuana dispensary or a combination like one half-ounce of dried flower and five packages of soft lozenges.
You can see what is on offer from dispensaries like The Apothecarium, which has locations in Phillipsburg and Maplewood.
One significant change aims to crack down on discrimination. Law enforcement can no longer stop and search or investigate properties if they suspect cannabis use based on odor.
Revenue from cannabis sales will directly support areas that marijuana-related crimes have impacted. These impact zones will receive funding for support services and resources.
All You Need to Know About Legal Marijuana Sales in NJ
With all of the changes in NJ marijuana laws, it’s hard to know what is and is not allowed according to state legislation. However, we hope this guide helps you navigate legal marijuana sales and make your purchases confidently.
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