Can You Smoke Weed in Public in New Jersey?

Can You Smoke Weed in New Jersey?

Yes. The New Jersey CREAMM Act (Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act) permits cannabis smoking for both medical and recreational purposes.

Can You Smoke Weed in Public in New Jersey?

No. In New Jersey, it is illegal to smoke recreational weed in public places where smoking is prohibited unless a municipality expressly authorizes it. While medical marijuana patients may smoke their medicine anywhere smoking is permitted in the state, the New Jersey Smokefree Air Act (NJ SFAA) bans smoking in most public spaces. Under the CREAMM Act, public spaces mean places where the public has access, and they include the following:

  • Vehicles used for public transportation
  • Shopping areas
  • Public street roads
  • Playgrounds
  • Parking lots
  • Public buildings
  • Public libraries
  • Public transportation facilities
  • Sidewalks
  • Alleys

The NJ SFAA requires smoke-free environments in virtually all places open to the public, except for a few specifically named exceptions. Under this Act, it is illegal to smoke weed in restaurants, childcare facilities, all elementary and secondary schools, private clubs, and healthcare facilities in New Jersey.

Can You Smoke Weed in a Vehicle in New Jersey?

No. It is illegal to smoke weed in a moving or parked vehicle in New Jersey. Cannabis consumers can be charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) if caught operating motor vehicles while high on marijuana in the state. However, possessing marijuana while driving a motor vehicle in the state is allowed, but the weed product must be kept in a sealed container and away from public view.

Who Can Smoke Marijuana in New Jersey?

Eligible recreational consumers and registered medical cannabis patients can smoke weed under New Jersey's marijuana laws.

Where Can You Legally Smoke Weed in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, weed can be smoked on any private property, subject to the property owner's consent. Under the state's marijuana laws, property owners have the right to ban marijuana use on their properties. Cannabis consumers in New Jersey may also smoke weed in marijuana dispensaries zoned for onsite consumption (cannabis lounges). Marijuana smoking in all indoor workplaces and college campuses is prohibited under the state's Smokefree Air Act. Additionally, it is illegal to smoke weed in federal buildings and other public places where smoking is banned in New Jersey.

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