Is marijuana legal in New Jersey?

Recreational marijuana is legal in New Jersey, though with some restrictions. The law states that only “regulated” cannabis is legalized, implying that only cannabis obtained from a dispensary or registered home-grow can be consumed. However, the state has not yet established guidelines for home cultivation or regulations for dispensaries and sales. The state will first need to establish guidelines, award licenses and conduct inspections before cannabis can be purchased for adult-use in New Jersey.

While recreational cannabis is technically legalized in the state, it cannot yet legally be consumed. Progress on the matter is expected to move rapidly in 2021, so check back here for updates.

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?

Recreational marijuana is not currently available, as regulations around the commercial sales market are yet to be established. Expect more on this matter in 2021.

Medical marijuana can be purchased at any state-licensed dispensary by state-registered medical marijuana patients. Where to Buy

What areas prohibit cannabis consumption?

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. This includes the possession of a plant for any reason. Ballot Measure 1 (and subsequently SCR-183) did not explicitly address home cultivation.

While it is currently banned, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) has yet to establish full rules and guidelines for legalized cannabis in the state. These future guidelines may include home cultivation, as SCR 183 does not outright prohibit it.

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.

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