Recreational marijuana sales are bound to keep "heating up" as New Jersey's market enters its first summer — so where can customers use their purchases?
Not while on the beach, legally.
No smoking — whether tobacco or cannabis products — is allowed in public parks and beaches under state law (updated in 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 the use of e-cigarettes.
Sandy Hook is a big no on weed use in any form, as it's a federal beach.
State law says no cannabis use on federal land and any potentially broken laws at the National Gateway area could earn an appearance in U.S. District Court in Newark.
So what is allowed, legally, again, as the state's summer tourism season has kicked off?
Adults 21 and older are allowed to buy, carry and use cannabis — in such forms as flower (or buds), oils (vaporizers), tinctures (drops) and ingestibles (lozenges).
They are also allowed to carry up to 6 ounces of pot on them, without facing any penalties.
“You can use cannabis on private property, but property owners have the right to restrict cannabis use on their property. You may also use, smoke, eat, or vape in dispensaries licensed and zoned for onsite consumption. You cannot use, smoke, eat, or vape cannabis on federal lands, in federal buildings, or smoke in public spaces where smoking is banned,” according to state officials.
Under state law, municipalities or counties are allowed to create a small smoking area on a beach (not exceeding 15% of the total area).
However, a growing number of Shore towns have opted to shrink or get rid of such areas altogether, such as Wildwood Crest and Seaside Heights (along the boardwalk), last year.
In Long Branch, smoking and vaping is banned along the beach, boardwalk and promenade.
So, what about packing recreational pot, bought legally in NJ?
"Can I take my stash on vacation — not by plane, train, or automobile," according to an updated guide by state officials.
"You may not take cannabis in any amount across state lines. You also cannot mail it anywhere – even to places where cannabis use is legal."
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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
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