Recreational Marijuana is now legal in New Jersey. After initial delay, regulations were signed into law on February 22, 2021 under a trio of new bills, with the "New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act" primary among them. Possession of up to one ounce or its equivalent is now legal. Recreational sales began on April 21, 2022.
Legalization was initially approved by voters in the Nov 3, 2020 election under SCR183. Previously, New Jersey solidified its place as the 14th state to approve medical marijuana in 2010, when Governor Jon Corzine signed into law the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA), granting safe access to medical cannabis for qualifying patients. Medical dispensaries first opened in the state in 2012.