Recreational marijuana is illegal in New Jersey, and although medical marijuana was legalized in 2010, the medical marijuana program is one of the strictest in the country. The strict rules surrounding the medical marijuana program means it only serves about 6,400 patients, about 0.09% of the population. Some of the strict requirements include patient eligibility needing to be reassessed every 90 days and doctors needing to register and take a course in order to be allowed to recommend medical marijuana. This has resulted in only about 360 doctors in the state being able to recommend medical cannabis.
There is a marijuana legalization bill pending in the legislature, but Governor Chris Christie says he would never sign it into law. He is firmly anti-marijuana and likely won’t permit any pro-marijuana legislation to be passed during his time in office, but that doesn’t stop marijuana advocates for pushing towards recreational legalization. The pro-marijuana group New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform is advocating for the end of marijuana prohibition by legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana similarly to alcohol.
On the positive side, New Jersey is also the only state that allows minors to partake in medical marijuana at school. Also, a board was recently appointed in charge of adding qualifying conditions to the medical marijuana program – this will allow many patients who were previous barred from the program (like patients with PTSD, Lupus, and chronic pain) to acquire medical marijuana.
Kush encourages discretion for all travelers. If you do partake, don’t drive while high – you can be convicted of a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana in Maryland.
New Jersey FAQ
Is Marijuana legal in New Jersey?
Recreational marijuana is not legal in New Jersey, but medical marijuana has been legalized since 2010 for qualified patients. Marijuana has not been decriminalized.
Where can I buy marijuana?
There are currently six dispensaries licensed to operate in New Jersey where licensed patients can acquire medical marijuana. You can see a list of dispensaries here.
How can I get a medical marijuana card?
Patients with a qualifying condition can contact a licensed physician for a medical marijuana prescription. Approved patients have a possession limit of two ounces per month. Home cultivation is not allowed – all medical marijuana must be purchased from a state-licensed dispensary.
How can I help legalize marijuana in New Jersey?
You can help support the marijuana legalization efforts in New Jersey by pledging your support on the New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform website, signing the petition against marijuana prohibition, and/or writing to your lawmakers.
How much will medical marijuana cost?
New Jersey has some of the most expensive medical marijuana in the country. The price of marijuana will vary based on strain and quality, but the price for one ounce of cannabis will range from $425 to $520, with an average of $489 – not including the 7% state sales tax.
What types of marijuana do the stores sell?
In New Jersey, you will need an appointment to visit the medical marijuana dispensary. A number of flower strains ranging from Indicas to Sativas and everything in between will be available. Each cannabis strain can have different effects so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best strain for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Dispensaries may also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Concentrates: essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: these can be very potent!
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Transdermal Products (Topicals): creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
What is the punishment if I’m caught with marijuana?
Marijuana possession has not been decriminalized in New Jersey. Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana and/or possession or use of paraphernalia for a non-medical patient is disorderly person charge punishable by up to 6 months in prison and/or $1,000 maximum fine. More than 50 grams is a crime punishable by up to 1.5 years and/or up to $25,000. Possession within 1,000 feet of a school adds 100 hours community service to the sentence, as well as an additional fine.
If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level, even if marijuana is legalized in New Jersey. Be sure to always follow the laws of the state you are in so state authorities will have no issues with you.
Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.
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