Greenleaf Compassion Center of Montclair, the only medical marijuana facility in north Jersey, is one of five in the state. Julio Valentin, Jr. CEO of Greenleaf is expanding the business, more than doubling the space, to serve more patients that will become eligible to receive medical marijuana if legislation is passed that allows any doctor to prescribe for almost any condition.
ADAM ANIK/ for Montclair Local
By ERIN ROLL
Officials are cautioning that although New Jersey legalized recreational marijuana on Nov. 3, users shouldn’t light up just yet.
The law will not officially take effect until Jan. 1, and in the meantime, recreational marijuana use remains illegal in the state.
“Nevertheless, some may misinterpret or misunderstand the consequences of the amendment and possess or use marijuana right away, assuming that it is lawful,” the state Attorney General’s Office announced.
“Given this, law enforcement officers and prosecutors are reminded of their broad discretion when handling low-level marijuana offenses and are encouraged to exercise it consistent with existing guidance from this office.”
The Montclair Police Department has not seen an increase in marijuana incidents since the election, said Lt. Ronald Redmond.
The governor’s office is in the process of assembling a task force on the legalization.
The ballot measure amends the state constitution to allow adults to possess, purchase and consume. But lawmakers are now charged with creating laws regulating recreational use.
The regulations will likely mimic those on cigarettes and alcohol, which limit sales to people 21 years of age or older. Marijuana likely will be sold through dispensaries with weight limits per purchase. Public consumption will be illegal, and motorists who use it could be subject to DUI charges.
Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti said the department was still awaiting further guidance from the Attorney General’s Office on what the