Good news – weed is legal in Lawrence Township and across New Jersey for both medical and recreational use for adults aged 21 and older. You don’t need a medical card to purchase recreational cannabis, you just need proof of ID that shows you’re 21 or older. However, a medical card is required if you are part of the state’s medical cannabis program, which allows for certain allowances and tax exemptions not available to recreational users. There are some dispensaries that only serve medical patients and can’t sell to recreational customers so be sure to check their website to confirm before you go.
When you walk into a New Jersey dispensary, you can expect a variety of cannabis brands and products on display, helpful budtenders, and lots of opportunity to educate yourself on cannabis. Most dispensaries offer a wide selection of products, and you can talk to your budtender or read the educational pamphlets and signs to receive detailed information so that you make the best choice. You can also check out the dispensary’s website, and the websites for the brands that they are stocking, to get more specific information on products.
The good news is, it’s easy. You can check the New Jersey state website to get a full map of every licensed dispensary. Then you can read online reviews, ask for recommendations, and visit the dispensary to evaluate it firsthand. Be sure to tell the budtender it’s your first time visiting the dispensary so they can give you an easy overview of their products and services. It can be a little overwhelming but don’t worry, they’re here to help.
Make sure you have a valid, government-issued ID to prove you are 21 or older. Accepted forms of ID include: a driver’s license, a state or federal ID card, a U.S. military ID, or a passport. Be ready with cash or a debit card, since most dispensaries do not accept credit cards. And if there’s any products you were recommended and that you want to buy, make sure you write those down so you can find them easily on the dispensary menu.
Dispensaries in New Jersey typically open between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and close between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Some may open as early as 7:00 a.m. or close as late as 11:00 p.m. It’s advisable to check with individual dispensaries for specific hours, which will be listed on their website or their Google Business page.
If you’re a recreational cannabis consumer In New Jersey, there are limits to how much cannabis you can purchase. They are:
- More than 28.35 grams (one ounce) of usable cannabis;
- More than four grams of solid cannabis concentrate or four mL of liquid cannabis concentrate (oil);
- Vapes containing more than four mL of cannabis oil/concentrate
- Edibles containing an aggregate total of more than 1,000 mg of THC;
For medical marijuana patients, the limits are different. They can purchase up to 3 ounces of usable marijuana in a 30-day period, with some exceptions.
These regulations are designed to regulate the use and ensure the safe purchase and consumption of cannabis within the state, and every licensed dispensary has to follow them
In New Jersey, regulations stipulate the permitted areas for cannabis usage, prohibiting its use in public spaces. The law permits cannabis consumption in limited places such as:
- Your own private residence
- A rented residence, provided you have written consent from the landlord
- Designated consumption lounges
Sort of. Many dispensaries in New Jersey offer the option for customers to order online and then pick up their purchase at the dispensary’s location. Customers typically need to reserve their products online and choose a time slot for pick-up.
As of November 2023, home delivery is not yet available. Home delivery services for cannabis in New Jersey are expected to open in 2024.
New Jersey dispensaries carry a wide array of cannabis products, including flower, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, and more. If you aren’t sure what to buy, or you’re looking to try a new kind of product, ask your budtender what they prefer. They have had the chance to try a wide range of the products their store carries and can speak with authority on their quality, efficacy and cost-effectiveness (aka, the bang for your buck).