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New Jersey Resources: Addictions
For more information on state resources, see also the Research Guide on New Jersey State and Local Governments.
Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey, Inc. (APCBNJ,Inc.)
Our scope is to enhance the professionalism of Addiction and Other Health Care Professionals by offering quality certification products, to provide and monitor accepted ethical standards for consumer protection and to provide addiction and behavioral health cross training.
Addictions Hotline of New Jersey
1-844-276-2777 which provides trained clinically supervised telephone specialists who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to educate, assist, interview and/or refer individuals and families battling addictions. Calls are free and information shared is confidential.
Office of Tobacco Control, Nutrition and Fitness
Find helpful resources for quitting and prevention, as well as regulatory information and research.
Department of Human Services-Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
The Division is responsible for the development, coordination and operational support of a comprehensive mental health and addiction services system.
Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
The Council executes three core functions: policy and planning; public awareness and education; and, the administration of the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program.
Wellspring Center for Prevention
(formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.) A non-profit, community-based health organization providing prevention, education, information, and referral services to county residents, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, municipal alliances, and social service agencies since 1980.
New Jersey Medical Marijuana
NJ Laws Passed on February 22, 2021
New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act
Assemby Bill A21 legalizes and regulates cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older. It was signed into law on February 22, 2021 as P.L. 2021, c.16.
Criminal Justice Reform
Assembly Bill A1897 "Provides for certain criminal and civil justice reforms, particularly addressing legal consequences associated with certain marijuana and hashish offenses as well as raising awareness of available expungement relief." It was signed into law on February 22, 2021 as P.L.2021, c.19.
Marijuana and Cannabis Use and Possession Penalties for Those Under 21
Assembly Bill A5342 "concerns certain regulated substances, with particular emphasis on underage possession or consumption of various forms of cannabis, including legal consequences for such activities set forth in legislation passedby both Houses of Legislature." It was signed into law on February 22, 2021 as P.L.2021, c.25.
Marijuana In New Jersey
MARIJUANA IN NEW JERSEY
Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes
Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: Yes
On March 25 2019, the vote in the State Senate to legalize marijuana in New Jersey was postponed due to lack of support, as the bill did not have enough votes to pass. On March 12, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Senator Scutari, and Assemblywoman Quijano announced an agreement on broad outlines to legalize adult-use marijuana in New Jersey. Recreational marijuana would be subject to an excise tax of $42 per ounce. Municipalities where cannabis businesses are located would receive revenue from a percentage of tax on the products. Adult-use marijuana would be governed by a Cannabis Regulatory Commission. It isn’t yet clear when, if passed, the bill would go into effect. New Jersey has a small but established medical dispensary structure. It is also one of the most expensive cannabis programs, likely due to lack of competition. On March 27, 2018, Governor Murphy announced major reforms outlined in a report in response to Executive Order #6 which directed a comprehensive review of the program. Five new qualifying debilitating medical conditions were also added. The Dept. of Health will be accepting requests from existing Alternative Treatment Centers for waivers to allow satellite locations.
More on Marijuana in New Jersey
New Jersey Public Question 1, Marijuana Legalization Amendment (2020)
Information regarding New Jersey's November 2020 referendum to legalize marijuana. Includes the results of the vote, but also provides information on how it got on the ballot, who supported it and who didn't, and more.
Recreational Marijuana Statement (Dept. of Agriculture)
"Regulatory agencies are awaiting the passage of the enabling legislation and the complete formation of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission."
NJ Attorney General’s Statement
Issued on Nov. 4, 2020, stating "All of the State’s criminal laws relating to marijuana continue to apply, until, among other things, the Legislature enacts a law creating that regulatory framework."
New Jersey Hemp Program
Approved in December, 2019 by the USDA, the program supports hemp producers to grow and sell hemp for commercial purposes. Page is maintained by the NJ Dept of Agriculture.
New Jersey State Publications Digital Library
Includes hundreds of New Jersey government documents related to marijuana and cannabis.
New Jersey Resources: News
NJ Cannabis Insider
A team of journalists from NJ.com and The Star-Ledger will inform you about the issues, policies, laws, regulations, politics and people. Subscription-based.
Heady NJ is an independent news site covering cannabis reform on the local level in New Jersey,.
Marijuana news from NJ.com.
In the News
Marijuana Is Legal in New Jersey, but Sales Are Months Away
Gov. Philip D. Murphy on Monday signed into law three bills that effectively permit and regulate the use of recreational marijuana in New Jersey, however, Legal sales likely remain months away at the earliest. The New York Times, February 22, 2021.
N.J. lawmakers pass legal weed bill in historic vote.
The latest: lawmakers passed a historic bill that establishes rules and regulations for legal cannabis sales. From nj.com, December 17, 2020.
Marijuana Legalization: Your Questions Answered
Rutgers Law School’s Stuart Green talks about proposed legislation to legalize marijuana and how long it could be until it’s available to the public. Rutgers Today, November 16, 2020.
Recreational Pot Industry Preps for New Jersey Debut
Lawmakers craft legislation to set up new marketplace; new commission set to devise regulations. The Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2020.
Can you be arrested for smoking marijuana, now that weed is 'legal'?
"As of this moment, marijuana technically is still illegal." - article in Asbury Park Press, November 4, 2020.
Recreational Marijuana Legalized by New Jersey Voters
New York Times announces that New Jersey voters authorized the legal use of recreational marijuana. November 3, 2020.
History: NJ Map by George Cook
Button design from Rutgers SCUA/Chang: Geological map of New Jersey from the State Geological Survey of 1868 by George H. Cook. (1872)
Click on map to view larger, zoomable image in the David Rumsey Map Collection