Yes. It is legal for anyone 21 years and older to buy cannabis at a dispensary licensed to operate in the State of New Jersey. Individuals with a qualifying medical condition may participate in the Medicinal Cannabis Program.
Patients and adult-use consumers may purchase cannabis and cannabis products at one of New Jersey's licensed dispensaries listed on our website. Note some locations dispense medicinal cannabis and medicinal cannabis products only.
In each transaction, dispensaries are allowed to sell up to the equivalent of 1 ounce of cannabis. That means up to:
- 1 ounce of dried flower, or
- 5 grams of concentrates (or concentrates in a solution), resins, or oils and other liquid forms, or
- 1000mg of ingestible products (10 100mg packages) like gummies
A purchase of a combination of products may be 1/2 ounce of dried flower plus 2 1/2 grams of concentrate, or 5 packages of gummies and 1/2 ounce of dried flower.
Legally allowable product categories include dried flower, concentrated oils, resin, vape formulas, tinctures, topicals, syringes, lozenges, and soft chews, but availability will vary by dispensary. Perishable edibles like cookies and brownies are not available for purchase from any dispensary.
For equivalency purposes, depending on how the product is manufactured, tinctures are considered "concentrates in a solution." Topicals fall under the category of "other liquid forms." Syringes fall under the category of "ingestible products."
Equivalency is based on total weight of the product sold. For products containing both THC and CBD, equivalency is based on the total weight of the concentrate. For example, a product containing 400mg of CBD and 100mg of THC has a total weight of 500mg or 0.5 grams.
Reminder: The law allows adults 21 years and older to be in possession of 1 ounce total of cannabis and cannabis products.
Generally, an adult 21 years of age or older can use cannabis on private property. However, property owners can limit the use of cannabis on their property.
Both terms refer to the plant of genus Cannabis L. The terms “cannabis” and “marijuana” have traditionally been used interchangeably. However, pursuant to the November 2020 election, Article IV, section VII, paragraph 12 of the New Jersey State Constitution creates a legal distinction between “cannabis” and “marijuana.” In short, “cannabis” refers to the regulated form of the plant (what will be grown, bought, and sold in licensed stores), whereas “marijuana” refers to the unregulated form of the plant (what is grown, bought, and sold in the illicit market).
Hemp and cannabis both derive from the Cannabis plant. The difference is determined in the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in the particular item. THC is the psychoactive compound of the plant that contributes to feeling “high.” Items with a THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent are considered hemp, and items with a THC concentration < 0.3% have more psychoactive compounds and may be referred to as cannabis, marijuana, or another related name.
Hemp production was legalized in the federal 2018 Farm Bill. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is responsible for regulating hemp production in New Jersey. Visit the Department of Agriculture’s website for more information.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It is typically found in hemp flower or derived from hemp plants as an oil and used for medicinal or therapeutic purposes. It is different from THC in that CBD does not contribute to feeling “high.”
As a derivative of hemp under the federal 2018 Farm Bill, CBD products fall under the regulatory authority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are subject to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Whether individuals can legally sell CBD products depends on the intended use of the product and how it’s labeled, among other things. Visit the FDA’s website for more information.