Recreational weed is finally legal in New Jersey after years of failed legislative attempts.
While the historic law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy Monday allows for the possession of up to six ounces of marijuana, it will take time for Garden State residents 21 and older to be able to legally purchase weed.
Here’s a look into the state’s rollout of the law.
When and where can I buy weed?
Give it some time. The state still has to set up a marketplace and regulations for the new industry, which Murphy said could take months.
Experts have told NJ.com that legal sales could begin in early 2022.
Purchases will initially be made at existing medical marijuana dispensaries, but only after they show they have enough dope for the nearly 100,000 patients in New Jersey.
The Cannabis Regulatory Commission, which will oversee the industry, has six months to enact its rules and regulations before it’ll start accepting new licensees for recreational businesses.
But a recent court ruling may help hasten the process — the state Department of Health may soon be able to dole out up to 24 new licenses to dispensaries, NJ.com said.
However, the new law limits the number of licenses to grow pot to 37 in the first two years.
A law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy allows for the possession of up to six ounces of marijuana. Where will I be able to smoke it?
It’s still prohibited to use pot in public settings. But the new law calls for the creation of “consumption lounges” where you can bring your own weed to enjoy.
How much will it cost?
That depends. The price-per-ounce will fluctuate based on supply and demand.
But what’s certain are the 7 percent sales tax and an up to 2 percent municipal tax