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Recreational marijuana is now legal in New Jersey. Voters approved Ballot Measure 1 in the November 2020 election to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 183, with further regulations signed on February 22, 2021 to finalize legalization. Recreational dispensaries are open as of April 21, 2022.

For more information on New Jersey’s cannabis laws, click here.

Medical cannabis dispensaries have been open to qualified patients in New Jersey since December of 2012. Use the map and directories below to find where to buy marijuana in New Jersey!


Is marijuana legal in New Jersey?

Yes, recreational marijuana is legal in New Jersey! Adults 21 and older may possess up to one ounce of cannabis or its equivalent.

Is medical marijuana legal in New Jersey?

Yes, medical marijuana has been legal since the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law by then-Governor Jon Corzine on January 18, 2010.

Can patients under 18 register for the program?

Yes, patients of any age can qualify if approved by their physician. Minors must have a legal custodian as their caregiver until they are 18.

Does New Jersey accept out of state medical marijuana licenses?

No, New Jersey does not recognize out of state cards as it violates three points in the state's program:

  • Maintaining a bona fide relationship with an in-state practitioner registered with the program
  • Be certified by that physician for a debilitating condition
  • Be a resident of New Jersey

Where can I buy marijuana in New Jersey?

Both Medical and Recreational marijuana are available from state-licensed dispensaries. Where to Buy

What areas prohibit cannabis consumption?

Recreational cannabis can only be consumed in a private residency. 

Under the current laws, medical cannabis patients cannot consume their medicine in the following areas:

  • School buses and public vehicles
  • Any moving private vehicles
  • School grounds
  • Correctional facilities
  • Any public places that disallow smoking

How should I store my medical marijuana?

Your medical marijuana should be stored in its original packaging with the labels intact.

Can I buy medical cannabis for a friend in New Jersey?

Only designated caregivers can purchase cannabis for a patient in New Jersey. If approved as a caregiver, you will be able to provide care for one patient at a time.

Will insurance cover my medical marijuana in New Jersey?

No, neither Medicaid nor any health plans in New Jersey currently offer coverage. You may be able to find another healthcare provider source, but nothing that the state endorses.

Can I grow my own marijuana in New Jersey?

Personal cultivation of both medical and recreational marijuana is illegal in New Jersey.

Can I get fired for medical marijuana consumption?

No, if a patient, caregiver or any other person involved is acting within the scope of the law, then they cannot be subject to civil or disciplinary action at work. Even more, the New Jersey Senate Panel recently approved a bill protecting employment for medical marijuana patients in the state.