New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card Legislation
In January 2010, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, also known as S88 was passed. On September 10, 2013, S 2842 was signed by Gov. Christie which allowed for the edible forms of marijuana to be consumed by patients younger than 18.
On June 2, 2019, Gov. Phil Murphy signed A 20, known as Jake’s Law which made many changes to New Jersey medical marijuana laws such as adding provisions for home delivery, increasing the allowed amount of medical marijuana, and expanding access with more retailers, manufacturers, and cultivators.
On November 3, 2020 the Marijuana Legalization Amendment, known as Public Question 1 was a constitutional amendment and legalized the possession and use of marijuana for residents 21 and older. This law also specified that the New Jersey sales tax rate of 6.625% would apply to purchases of recreational marijuana with localities permitted to impose an additional 2% tax.
On February 22, 2021 Gov. Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Regulator, Enforcement Assistance, and MarketPlace Modernization Act. This legalized possession of up to 6 ounces of marijuana or 17 grams of hash. Additionally, he signed A1897 which reduced penalties of possession of up to 6 ounces of marijuana and 170 grams of hash, as well as signing A5342 which provided written warnings to be issued to minors as opposed to criminal penalties or fines.
New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card Cultivation & Possession Laws
Adults 21 and older can buy and possess up to 6 ounces of marijuana or 17 grams of hash. Patients are allowed to possess 3 ounces in a 30-day period. Patients who are terminally ill or in hospice care are exempt from a monthly limit. New Jersey does not allow patients or caregivers to cultivate marijuana plants.