New Jersey Cannabis Laws

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Legal status

  • Fully legal

Possession limits

  • Medical patients

    3 oz3 oz every 30 days purchase limit

  • Recreational users

    6 oz1 oz purchase limit

State taxes

  • Medical patients

    2%0% from July 2022

  • Recreational users

    9%

Cultivation

  • Cultivation is illegal
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Application process

To apply for a medical cannabis card in the state of New Jersey

Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

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Table of contents

  1. Is cannabis legal in New Jersey?
  2. What are the medical marijuana laws in New Jersey?
  3. What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey?
  4. How do I get certified for medical cannabis in New Jersey?
  5. Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in New Jersey?
  6. How much cannabis can I possess in New Jersey with an MMJ Card?
  7. Is it legal to grow cannabis in New Jersey?
  8. Does New Jersey accept out-of-state cards?
  9. Will my New Jersey card be accepted in other states?
  10. Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis card holders in New Jersey?
  11. What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in New Jersey?
  12. Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in New Jersey?
  13. Where is it safe to consume marijuana in New Jersey?

Both medical and adult use of cannabis is legal in New Jersey. NJ has a medical marijuana program.


What are the medical marijuana laws in New Jersey?

NJ Medical Cannabis Laws

2010

Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act SB 119

Governor Jon Corzine signed a number of bills into law on his last day in office, including S. 119, the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, permitting the use of medical cannabis.

“Medical use” means the acquisition, possession, cultivation, manufacture, use, delivery, transfer, or transportation of marijuana or paraphernalia relating to a qualifying patient’s consumption of marijuana to alleviate the symptoms or effects of the patient’s debilitating medical condition.”

Under New Jersey’s medical-marijuana law, up to a maximum of six alternate treatment centers receive contracts from the state. These centers, which must be nonprofit, have the exclusive right to produce and sell medical marijuana in New Jersey.

NJ Recreational Cannabis Laws

2017 – 2019

Legislative debate on recreational cannabis legalization, with efforts to legalize recreational cannabis failing

2020

NJ A21 (20R) legalizes recreational cannabis. The Bill is now passed after clearing up laws regarding underage penalties.

2022

April 21, 2022 – Legal recreational, adult-use cannabis sales begin. Those aged 21 or over may legally purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary.


What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey?

The New Jersey law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic or Severe Pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Glaucoma (if resistant to conventional therapy)
  • Intractable Skeletal-Muscular Spasticity
  • Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBDs, e.g. Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Nausea/Vomiting – Severe
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD, if resistant to conventional therapy)
  • Seizure Disorders, including Epilepsy (if resistant to conventional therapy)
  • Terminal Illness (If the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life)

How do I get certified for medical cannabis in New Jersey?

With Leafwell, you can get your New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

  1. Register online with Leafwell and speak to a friendly physician – You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a NJ medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $149. You are only billed if approved.
  2. Receive your doctor’s certificate from Leafwell – This is a certificate which says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card.
  3. Complete application on the government website – Enter all of your details and submit your physician’s certification to the state government’s website. The cost of the application is $100, payable to the state. Individuals receiving state assistance may be eligible for a reduced fee of $20. The website is called the State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program (NJMMP).
  4. Receive your medical marijuana card – If approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail within 7-10 business days. Please note that Leafwell will not be sending you the card – this is issued by the state. Your new card will be valid for 2 years.

You must be aged 18 or over in order to qualify for medical marijuana in New Jersey for yourself, but those aged under 18 can qualify as minors if they have a caregiver. There was significant controversy in New Jersey regarding medical marijuana for children in New Jersey (“Pot for Tots“), but provisions were made in 2013. It is now possible for those aged under 18 to qualify for medicinal cannabis in NJ.

A patient certified for medicinal marijuana may elect to have up to two caregivers if needed. A caregiver can be used if a patient’s condition is too severe to the point where they cannot physically go to their alternative treatment center (ATC) by themselves. Caregivers must be aged 18 or over. Further guidelines can be read here.

“The use of medical marijuana shall be permitted on school grounds, on a school bus, on a field trip and at a school-sponsored function to authorized students enrolled in Department of Children and Families (DCF) Regional Schools.

A parent, guardian or primary caregiver as defined in this policy, shall be the only individuals who may administer medical marijuana to his/her child.

A student who is 18 years of age or older may self-administer medical marijuana according to the conditions of this policy.

Medical marijuana shall be in a non-smokable and non-inhalation form for students.” See here for more information.

Benefits of being certified for medical cannabis and having a valid medical marijuana ID card in New Jersey include: lower taxes (0 % Sales Tax as of July, 2022); higher purchase limits; fewer restrictions in terms of purchasable THC products; lower age restrictions (18 as opposed to 21); better deals on products at dispensaries; arguably better, more well-developed legal protection.

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Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in New Jersey?

Yes, telemedicine is legal in New Jersey and you can get certified for cannabis online.


How much cannabis can I possess in New Jersey with an MMJ Card?

  • For medical card holders = Up to 3 oz. every 30 days.
  • For recreational users = Consumers 21 years-old or over may purchase up to one ounce of cannabis, or an equivalent amount of cannabis products (5 grams concentrate or 1,000 milligrams ingestible products such as gummies). An adult can possess up to 6 ounces of cannabis legally but the purchasing limit is only 1 ounce for recreational users.

It is illegal to cultivate cannabis in New Jersey, even if you have a valid medical marijuana card.


Does New Jersey accept out-of-state cards?

New Jersey recognizes medical marijuana cards from other states in the US (including its territories). New Jersey has medical marijuana reciprocity. Those aged 21 or over and with valid ID can now purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary in New Jersey without a medical marijuana identification card.


Will my New Jersey card be accepted in other states?

A New Jersey medical marijuana card is recognized by some other states with medical marijuana reciprocity. New Jersey itself is a state that has medical marijuana reciprocity. However, most states do not have such laws on their books.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Washington, D.C.

However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.

The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.

The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • West Virginia (cancer patients only)

Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis card holders in New Jersey?

New Jersey employers may not refuse to hire or take any adverse action against employees based solely on their use (or nonuse) of recreational or medical cannabis. An employer may not terminate an employee solely because he or she fails a drug test due to cannabis use. However, this does not permit cannabis use when at work, and use must not affect safety or performance. Those who are working under the rules of the federal government are not necessarily protected by state medical cannabis laws.


What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in New Jersey?

The permit number of the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) will be labelled clearly on each sample container. The sample container should also be labelled with a description and quantity of its content. At the cannabis laboratory the samples will be tested for pests, pesticides, mold, heavy metals, and mildew. The ATC that is being tested is required to pay for the cost of all lab analyses.


Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in New Jersey?

In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so. In New Jersey, dispensaries are also referred to as “Alternative Treatment Centers”. Recreational cannabis enthusiasts aged 21 or over and with valid ID may now purchase marijuana at a licensed dispensary of their choice.


Where is it safe to consume marijuana in New Jersey?

All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.

The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.