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Pursuant to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (N.J.S.A. § 24:6I-31 et. seq.) and the regulations issued by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (N.J.A.C. § 17:30-1.1 et seq.), adults ages 21 and over are permitted to possess and use cannabis and related products. However, these rights have specific limitations designed to promote responsible use and to protect public safety. Some key limitations include the following:
● Cannabis cannot be consumed in public places. This includes streets, parks, and other areas accessible to the public. Cannabis use is restricted to private residences. However, landlords may prohibit cannabis use on their property.
● Adults can possess up to six ounces of cannabis and 17 grams of oils, concentrates, or hashish without facing legal penalties. Possession of amounts above these limits can result in criminal charges.
● Driving under the influence of cannabis is strictly prohibited. The state enforces strict DUI laws similar to those for alcohol.
● Employers are allowed to maintain drug-free workplaces. This means they can prohibit the use of cannabis during work hours, and they can test employees for cannabis use.
● It is illegal to distribute cannabis to minors or to enable the consumption of cannabis by minors.
● Consumers may only buy cannabis products from state-licensed retail locations (i.e., dispensaries).
● In each transaction, a consumer may only buy up to the equivalent of 28.35 grams or 1 ounce of usable cannabis. This means up to:
○ 28.35 grams (1 ounce) of dried flower, or
○ 4 grams of solid cannabis concentrates or resin, or the equivalent of 4 grams of concentrate in liquid form (solution in milliliters), or
○ 4 grams of vaporized formulations (oil), or
○ 1,000 mg of multiple ingestible cannabis-infused products (10 100 mg packages) like gummies.
● All transactions are subject to New Jersey sales tax of 6.625% plus a social equity excise fee of ⅓ of 1%.
● It is illegal to transport cannabis across state lines.
● A consumer may give up to 1 ounce of cannabis to another adult 21 years or older. A consumer may not accept any payment or compensation for the gifted cannabis.
This is a brief summary, and there are many more specifics and nuances to the laws and regulations regarding cannabis use in New Jersey. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it’s recommended to consult the New Jersey state government’s official resources or to speak with a legal professional.
Cannabis products come in various strengths, often determined by the level of cannabinoids – mainly tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – they contain. Here’s a brief overview of how the strength of cannabis can vary across different product types:
● Flower: This is the traditional, smokable form of cannabis. The strength of flower is usually measured by the percentage of THC it contains. On average, most strains contain 10-20% THC, but some potent strains can contain 25-30% or more. CBD-dominant strains typically have less than 1% THC.
● Edibles: Edibles are foods and drinks infused with cannabis. Because the body metabolizes THC differently when ingested, the effects of edibles can be stronger and last longer than smoking or vaping. Edibles are often measured in milligrams of THC, with a typical dose ranging from 5-10mg for beginners and up to 50mg for more experienced users.
● Concentrates: These are highly potent forms of cannabis, including products like oil, wax, shatter, and resin. Concentrates are often used for dabbing or vaping and can contain up to 60-90% THC, making them significantly more potent than flower.
● Topicals: These are cannabis-infused lotions, creams, and oils designed for direct application to the skin. They’re typically used for localized relief of pain, inflammation, and other symptoms. Topicals generally won’t produce the psychoactive effects associated with THC.
● Tinctures: Tinctures are cannabis extracts mixed with alcohol or another carrier oil. They can be taken orally or added to food or drink. The strength of tinctures can vary widely, so it’s important to check the label for cannabinoid content and suggested serving size.
Remember, everyone’s reaction to cannabis can vary based on factors like body chemistry, tolerance, and the method of consumption. Always start with a small amount, especially if you’re new to cannabis or trying a new product, and wait to see how it affects you before taking more. Also, remember that while we aim to provide accurate and up-to-date information, this post should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional or a knowledgeable dispensary staff member if you have specific questions about the right product and dosage.
Safe and responsible use of cannabis is essential for all adult consumers, especially those new to the experience. Below are some guidelines to ensure your experience with cannabis is safe, enjoyable, and responsible:
● Start Small, Go Slow: If you’re new to cannabis or trying a new product, begin with a small amount and wait to see how it affects you. Effects can take anywhere from minutes to hours to kick in, particularly with edibles.
● Understand the Product: Different cannabis items can have vastly different effects. For instance, edibles are processed differently in the body, leading to a delayed but often more intense effect than smoking or vaping. The strain of cannabis (Indica, Sativa, or hybrid) can also influence the experience.
● Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Having food in your system can help moderate the effects of cannabis, and staying hydrated can prevent dry mouth—a common side effect of cannabis use.
● Secure Your Cannabis: Keep cannabis products in a locked compartment and always store them out of reach from children and pets.
● Avoid Combining with Other Substances: Using cannabis with alcohol or other drugs can intensify effects and increase potential risks. It is highly discouraged.
● Don’t Drive Under Influence: Cannabis impairs your ability to drive or operate machinery, similar to alcohol. Always arrange for a designated driver or use public transportation if you plan to consume.
● Consider Your Health: Certain health conditions may be exacerbated by cannabis use. If you’re pregnant, have a heart condition, or have a family history of psychosis, it’s recommended to avoid cannabis.
Remember, everyone’s experience with cannabis is unique, influenced by factors such as individual biology, the type and amount of product used, and the method of consumption. Finding the best approach that works best for you may take time to find the products that work best for you. Always listen to your body and adjust your usage accordingly. Our staff is always here to answer any questions about safe and responsible cannabis use.
As the cannabis industry expands and evolves, innovative new consumption methods are emerging, providing users with various options beyond traditional smoking. Whether you’re a seasoned consumer or a curious newcomer, here are some alternative ways to enjoy cannabis responsibly:
● Edibles: Cannabis-infused foods and drinks are an excellent option for those who prefer to ingest cannabis. Edibles offer a long-lasting effect and can be crafted to suit a variety of taste preferences.
● Tinctures: These are cannabis-infused liquids typically applied under the tongue. Tinctures allow for precise dosing, quick absorption, and long shelf life.
● Topicals: For localized relief, consider cannabis-infused creams, lotions, or balms. These products are applied directly to the skin and can help with discomfort, inflammation, and other skin conditions.
● Capsules: Similar to traditional medications, cannabis can also be consumed in capsule or pill form. This method provides a consistent dose and is a discreet and convenient option.
Remember, each method delivers a unique experience, and the effects can vary based on several factors, including individual tolerance and the specific product used. Always start low and go slow, especially if you’re new to cannabis or trying a new consumption method. Cannabis consumption is a personal journey. Explore responsibly and find the method that best suits your needs and preferences.
Cannabis, a plant renowned for its varied therapeutic and recreational uses, can induce diverse physiological responses depending on frequency and quantity of use. Understanding these varying responses is essential for responsible consumption. We believe in promoting safe, responsible cannabis use. As such, it’s crucial to be aware of these potential issues. By understanding tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal, we can better navigate the use of cannabis for both its medicinal and recreational benefits.
● Tolerance: Tolerance refers to a reduced response to cannabis over time due to consistent use. This means users may require larger amounts to achieve the same effects initially experienced. Although tolerance can develop, it’s typically reversible, often through reduced use or a “tolerance break.”
● Dependence: Dependence is a condition where cessation of use results in discomfort or distress. While physical dependence to cannabis is possible, it’s generally less severe compared to substances like alcohol.
● Withdrawal: Some individuals may experience withdrawal symptoms upon stopping cannabis use, particularly if usage was heavy and prolonged. Symptoms can include irritability, sleep disturbances, and decreased appetite.
The evidence-based information shared here can guide our community’s conversation around cannabis, promoting safety, transparency, and respect for this potent plant. Remember, every individual’s experience with cannabis is unique, and these effects can vary widely. For personalized advice and further information, we recommend consulting with a healthcare provider or a trained cannabis professional.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cannabis misuse or abuse is essential for both individuals and those around them. While cannabis can have therapeutic benefits, it’s important to be aware that misuse can lead to detrimental effects on one’s health and well-being. Below are some potential psychological signs of substance abuse.
● Altered Perception: Cannabis use can alter perception, including distortions in color, sound, time, and touch.
● Mood Swings: Sudden and unexplained changes in mood can be a sign of cannabis use.
● Severe Anxiety or Intense Paranoia: For some, cannabis use can lead to increased anxiety or feelings of paranoia.
● Altered Judgment or Impaired Coordination: Cannabis use may result in difficulty with fine motor skills, leading to clumsiness or difficulty performing tasks requiring coordination. Individuals under the influence of cannabis may make decisions they wouldn’t usually make when sober.
● Changes in Social Behavior: You may notice changes in social behaviors, such as a new group of friends or increased secrecy about activities. Regular cannabis use can lead to a decrease in motivation and interest in previously enjoyed activities.
If you or someone you know exhibits these signs and symptoms, it may indicate a problem. Substance abuse can be a serious issue, and it’s important to seek professional help if needed. At Cookies Harrison, it’s our collective responsibility to promote the safe and responsible use of cannabis.
If you or someone you know exhibits signs and symptoms of substance abuse, Cookies Harrison encourages you to visit FindTreatment.gov to find the help you need and deserve. These providers offer a variety of treatments and services designed to help individuals on their journey toward recovery.