After decades of prohibition, legal marijuana has come to yet another state — and this time, it’s just across the Delaware River.
“New Jersey’s broken and indefensible marijuana laws are no more,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in February after signing three bills that legalized and decriminalized the drug. “We now have laws that will usher in a new industry based on equity; reinvest dollars into communities; and promote both public health and public safety.”
But as with changing cannabis laws throughout the country, what you can and can’t do is complicated. After all, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, and no two states where it’s legal have the same approach.
So, when it comes to weed in New Jersey, how do the new laws work? And how can you buy legal pot? Here is what you need to know:
Is using marijuana a crime in New Jersey?
In a word, no. New Jersey legalized regulated cannabis for adults and decriminalized marijuana and hashish in February.
What does that mean? Here’s a primer: According to Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, “regulated cannabis” is any form of the drug that you legally buy at a licensed store (those stores have not yet been set up for recreational pot). [Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer]