Marijuana isn't legal yet in NJ, state attorney general warns

Four states consider legalizing marijuana
Posted at 1:59 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 14:03:05-05

TRENTON, N.J. — Not so fast, New Jersey. Residents of the state can’t use marijuana recreationally yet, even though voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize it in Tuesday’s election.

That’s the guidance from the state's attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, who said on Wednesday that the amendment doesn’t authorize “unregulated marijuana,” and it doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2021.

The big question surrounding marijuana legalization is how soon the new marketplace can be up and running.

New Jersey joined Arizona, Montana and South Dakota in legalizing recreational marijuana on Tuesday.

Before the election the District of Columbia and 11 other states had authorized cannabis use.