Brick, New Jersey Just Says NO To Pot But You Can Still Light Up
Brick Township is "just saying NO" to recreational marijuana. The Township Council introduced a new ordinance to ban all cannabis businesses from Brick, meaning dispensaries can't set up shop BUT you can still imbibe on private property there. There is more to this story, we don't want anyone getting into trouble so here is what you need to know:
Of course the legalization of adult recreational marijuana use was approved by New Jersey voters this past November. Jersey gave individual towns 180 days to decide how they feel about the change and to enable them to enact local ordinances governing cannabis businesses coming into their towns. There are six classes of businesses under the state rules: cultivators, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers and delivery services. None of these are apparently welcome in Brick.
While you won't be able to buy your products IN Brick, delivery companies from outside Brick Township will be able to deliver cannabis to adults 21 and over if it is enjoyed on private property. Don’t get caught up in all this freedom though, just like alcohol laws, it's still illegal to smoke or consume marijuana in a public place, such as a park or the beach.
Here is what you need to know to stay out of trouble: You can possess up to six ounces of marijuana or 17 grams of hashish without getting in trouble. It's legal to buy up to an ounce of cannabis at a licensed dispensary but you are NOT allowed to grow marijuana at home. Of course if they are going to allow it, they wan't their fair share of money.
Word is, it will be about 6 months before the first legal cannabis sales will be able to take place in New Jersey. Let’s say you have friends visit from New York or PA and they want to buy cannabis, they are allowed to BUT don’t let them take it to their home state because there are federal interstate commerce laws in effect.
You may be wondering if you can get in trouble at work if you smoke on your own time. The answer is no. New Jersey employers can't fire or refuse to hire you if a test comes up positive for cannabis on your own time. However, if you are high on the job, that is grounds for punishment at your bosses’ discretion which makes sense...you can't drink on the job either. Interesting times and interesting how money makes things move along.
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