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Northeast Tri-State Cannabis Legalization: New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut – 2021 Update


As April 2021, the following represents the status of northeast, tri-state cannabis legalization:

Summary of Cannabis Legalization in New York

Cannabis is legal for recreational consumption in the state of New York. Below is a summary of New York cannabis law/laws/regulations:

Summary of Cannabis Legalization in New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy, signed the New Jersey adult cannabis consumption reform bills into law on February 22, 2021. On that day he tweeted:

Let me be blunt: Today, I signed historic adult-use cannabis reform bills into law – with social justice, racial justice, and economic justice leading the way.

Summary of Cannabis Legalization in Connecticut:

2021 Update:
Bill 893 legalized CBD and hemp in the state of Connecticut as of January 2019.

On April 6, 2021, the Judiciary Committee amended and advanced the S.B. 888 – An Act Responsibly and Equitably Regulating Adult-Use Cannabis.

Connecticut has not legalized cannabis, but has decriminalized cannabis and does have legalized medical cannabis consumption:

In Closing

Like most states, cannabis from another state cannot leave that state and be transported into another. So, New Jersey residents can’t purchase cannabis and transport into New York. But it looks like New Jersey wants to serve New York cannabis consumers. 

The New York Times published a piece focused on New Jersey cannabis legalization and quoted Mr. Scurati (Democrat Union County Representative) stating:

We’re anticipating moving very quickly with enabling legislation, which would in fact allow medical marijuana shops to sell to the general public immediately. We’re happy to invite New York residents over to enjoy.”

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