Can we smoke weed on the beach in New Jersey this summer?
Recreational marijuana sales will continue to ‘heat up’ as the New Jersey market enters its first summer – so where can customers use their purchases?
Not on the beach, legally.
Smoking — whether tobacco or cannabis products — is prohibited in public parks and beaches under state law (updated 2018).
Fines start at $250 for a first offense and go up to $1,000 for a third offense. The ban also includes vaping or using e-cigarettes.
Sandy Hook is a big no on using weeds in any form because it’s a federal beach.
State law prohibits the consumption of cannabis on federal lands, and any potentially violated laws in the National Gateway area could warrant a court appearance in the U.S. District Court in Newark.
So what is allowed, legally, again, as the state’s summer tourist season kicks off?
Adults 21 and older are allowed to buy, carry and consume cannabis — in forms such as flowers (or buds), oils (vaporizers), tinctures (drops) and ingestible (lozenges).
They are also allowed to carry up to 6 ounces of pot on them, without incurring penalties.
“You can consume cannabis on private property, but landlords have the right to restrict cannabis consumption on their property. You can also use, smoke, eat, or vape at licensed, zoned dispensaries for on-site consumption. You may not use, smoke, eat, or vape cannabis on federal lands, in federal buildings, or smoke in public areas where smoking is prohibited,” according to state officials.
Under state law, municipalities or counties are allowed to create a small smoking area on a beach (not to exceed 15% of the total area).
However, a growing number of coastal towns have opted to downsize or get rid of these areas altogether, such as Wildwood Crest and Seaside Heights (along the boardwalk), in the past year.
In Long Branch, smoking and vaping are prohibited along the beach, boardwalk, and boardwalk.
So what about the packaging of the recreational pot, purchased legally in New Jersey?
“Can I take my stash on vacation – not on a plane, train or car,” according to an updated guide by state officials.
“You cannot take cannabis in any quantity across state lines. Nor can you send it anywhere – even to places where cannabis consumption is legal.”
Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]
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If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
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