Not so fast: Marijuana isn't legal yet, New Jersey attorney general warns
Not so fast, New Jersey. You can’t use marijuana legally yet, even though voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that legalized its recreational use.
That’s the guidance from the state's attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, who said Wednesday that the amendment doesn’t authorize “unregulated marijuana,” and it doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2021.
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New Jersey joined Arizona, Montana and South Dakota legalizing recreational marijuana Tuesday. Before the election, the District of Columbia and 11 other states had authorized cannabis use.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.