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The legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey is nothing to fear. Like other legal mind-altering substances, cannabis will be regulated. In fact, it is possible that recreational use of this substance will be more regulated upon legalization than it was before legalization. It is important for you to understand that as a regulated substance, there are rules for its use and possession. Keep reading to learn more about how to legally use recreational cannabis in New Jersey.

Possession of Recreational Marijuana in New Jersey

The legalization of marijuana allows people, 21 years or older, to purchase, possess, and carry an ounce or less of marijuana. You must purchase cannabis products at a regulated shop and you must be 21 years or older to enter a  store. Regulated cannabis shops are permitted to sell the substance. Permitted marijuana shops help the local government keep track of the sale of the substance. Furthermore, these permitted shops can charge taxes that go back to the community. Purchasing regulated substances is beneficial from a health point of view because you want to be sure that the herb is safe. Possession involves the presence of the substance in your home, car, or other owned property. Finally, carrying your ounce or less of marijuana is only legal within the state that it is legal.

Using Legally

Recreational cannabis use is like alcohol use because some of the rules are similar. You must be 21 years or older to purchase and use this substance. It is not legal to purchase cannabis for anyone under the age of 21. You must smoke or ingest marijuana at home or in a permitted location. It is not legal to operate a vehicle under the influence of this substance. Smoking or using cannabis products while driving is illegal because it can inhibit your ability to operate your vehicle. It is also not legal to ingest marijuana or be under its influence while in public.

The best way to ensure that you are using recreational cannabis legally is to consider how you use alcohol. First of all, you wouldn’t drive drunk unless you wanted to get a DUI. Next, it is also against the rules to go to work drunk. Therefore, you can use marijuana safely and legally as long as you follow the rules.


If you have any questions about the specifics of legal marijuana use, contact Barry DUI. David C. Barry is an expert attorney in New Jersey. He is here to help you with any questions or concerns you might have.