Can you be arrested for smoking marijuana, now that weed is 'legal'? Here's what we know. – Asbury Park Press

OK, so New Jersey legalized weed. 

Now what happens?

Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly supported a ballot question to legalize marijuana for recreational use, with over two-thirds supporting the landmark measure, according to unofficial results. 

The ballot question was one of four marijuana legalization measures nationwide that won passage. Voters in Arizona, Montana and South Dakota got behind similar ballot questions.

Mississippi voters also passed a landmark medical marijuana bill, and Oregon voters, who legalized weed in 2014, passed a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of all drugs.


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But a once-in-a-generation reform like this is complex. Here’s what you need to know about legal weed in New Jersey:

Can I legally consume marijuana yet? 

No. As of this moment, marijuana technically is still illegal. 

While the ballot measure amended the state Constitution to allow adults to possess, purchase and consume the drug, lawmakers must now pass the laws to halt marijuana arrests and set up the framework for what “legal weed” actually looks like in New Jersey.

Those laws are referred to as “enabling legislation,” in that they put into practice the intent of the ballot question.  

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So when can I smoke weed without fear of arrest? 

It depends on what the Legislature does next — and when. 

Law enforcement:  Why are NJ cops the nation’s toughest enforcers of marijuana laws? 

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Wednesday told prosecutors and law enforcement officers to exercise “broad discretion” when dealing with marijuana crimes, but said

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