Cannabis is legal in New Jersey only for medicinal purposes.
Persons with no ID card may not possess marijuana. For possessing up to 50 grams, they may face a sentence of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Carrying more than 50 grams is punishable by imprisonment of up to 18 months and a $25,000 fine. Possession within 1,000 feet of a school zone adds 100 hours of community service to the sentence and increases the fine.
Sale or possession with intent to distribute of 1 oz or less of marijuana is a crime that entails a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $25,000. Selling larger amount carries harsher penalties, up to a 20-year imprisonment and a $300,000 fine. Furthermore, selling cannabis to minors or pregnant women doubles the fine and the term of imprisonment.
The growing of between 1 oz and 5 pounds (less than ten plants) is punishable by a $25,000 fine and incarceration for 3-5 years.
Public smoking is prohibited.
A person serving a mandatory minimum sentence for a federal offense has no chance of parole.
Patient possession limit is 2 oz per month. Possession of larger amounts of marijuana is punishable by the same penalties imposed for illegal possession, depending on the amount possessed. A patient must obtain a written recommendation from a physician, as well as a registry ID card.
Personal cultivation is prohibited for patients but allowed for their caregivers.