In April, 2022, the state of New Jersey legalized the selling of recreational marijuana. The beginning of the recreational marijuana market came a week after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced that “state regulators had cleared the way for recreational sales at seven ‘alternative treatment centers’ that had already offered medical cannabis,” according to an article published by Fortune. These seven treatment centers operate 13 facilities statewide. New Jersey is among 18 states with legalized recreational marijuana markets and is among 37 states that have officially legalized medical marijuana. Dispensaries are now able to sell up to 1 ounce of cannabis, which equates to an ounce of dried flower, 1,000 milligrams of edibles (like gummies — perishable items are unavailable), or 5 grams of concentrate.
While there are many inherent positives that go hand-in-hand with statewide marijuana legalization, many are left wondering what this means for those who might be struggling with marijuana addiction. While the economy will undeniably benefit from the recent legalization and drug-related crime rates are liable to decline, those with diagnosable marijuana use disorders will have significantly easier access to the substance. Marijuana use disorders remain somewhat controversial in and of themselves. Many individuals stand by the belief that marijuana is not habit-forming, and is otherwise safe to use. Those who have struggled with marijuana addiction firsthand or who have watched a loved one struggle with a marijuana use disorder will likely tell a different story.
If you or someone close to you has been misusing marijuana and has had a difficult time quitting or cutting back on their own, Princeton Detox & Recovery Center is available to help. We offer an integrated and individualized detox program in New Jersey, helping people of all ages begin their personal journeys of marijuana addiction recovery. To learn more about our New Jersey marijuana detox program, today.
What did the process of marijuana legalization look like from start to finish? The N.J. Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (CREAMM) was set to go into effect in 2021, passed by 67 percent of New Jersey voters. However, the bill remained in a state of limbo until legalization was officially passed earlier this year. The CREAMM Act allows for the sale and possession of marijuana among New Jersey residents and visitors 21 years of age and older. There are a significant amount of rules and regulations surrounding the legal purchase of marijuana in New Jersey. The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission website lists the New Jersey Medicinal & Recreational Dispensaries at which an individual can legally purchase marijuana. It is not legal to privately grow and sell marijuana, nor is it legal to purchase marijuana from a street dealer. While it is acceptable to smoke or otherwise use marijuana on private property, landlords can legally prohibit use on their property. To learn more about New Jersey cannabis laws or to seek professional help for an existing marijuana use disorder, today.