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New Jersey Marijuana Law

New Jersey marijuana laws allow for the use of medical marijuana, but also have mandatory minimum penalties for non-medical possession and/or sale of the substance. For example, those with a doctor's recommendation may possess up to two ounces of marijuana per month; but non-medical possession of that same amount is a felony charge punishable by 18 months of incarceration.

Senate Bill 119 (175 KB)
Approved: Jan. 11, 2010 by House, 48-14; by Senate, 25-13
Signed into law by Gov. Jon Corzine on Jan. 18, 2010
Effective: Six months from enactment.

Possession/Cultivation: Physicians determine how much marijuana a patient needs and give written instructions to be presented to an alternative treatment center. The maximum amount for a 30-day period is two ounces.

Amended: SB 2842 (40 KB)
Signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on Sep. 10, 2013 following legislative adoption of his conditional veto (10 KB)

Allows edible forms of marijuana only for qualifying minors, who must receive approval from a pediatrician and a psychiatrist.

On Dec. 20, 2011, Senator Nicholas Scutari (D), lead sponsor of the medical marijuana bill, submitted Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 140 (25 KB) declaring that the "Board of Medical Examiners proposed medicinal marijuana program rules are inconsistent with legislative intent." The New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee held a public hearing to discuss SCR 140 and a similar bill, SCR 130, on Jan. 20, 2010.

On Oct. 16, 2012, the Department of Health issued the first dispensary permit (24 KB) to Greenleaf Compassion Center, allowing it to operate as an Alternative Treatment Center and dispense marijuana.

Department of Health (DOH)
P. O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Phone: 609-292-0424

Contact form

Medicinal Marijuana Program

Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana:
Patients are not allowed to grow their own marijuana. On Mar. 21, 2011, the New Jersey DOH announced the locations of six nonprofit alternative treatment centers (ATCs) (100 KB) from which medical marijuana may be obtained.

Code Section

24:21-1, et seq.; 2C:35-2, et seq.


Under 50 g.: disorderly person (up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 fine); 100 hrs. of community service and additional fine if within 1000 ft. of school; Over 50g.: felony (up to 18 months in jail and a $25,000 fine)


Less than 1 oz.: 4th degree crime (18 months jail, $25,000 fine); 1 oz. to 5 lbs.: 3rd degree crime (3-5 yrs. in prison, $25,000 fine); 5-25 lbs.: 2nd degree crime (5-10 yrs. in prison, $150,000 fine); Over 25 lbs.: 1st degree crime (10-20 yrs. in prison, $300,000 fine)


Leader of narcotics trafficking network: life (25 year minimum before parole) and/or $500,000

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