Legalization and Sale of Cannabis NJ – Student Services

April 24, 2022

Montclair state rules and regulations you need to know.

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You may have heard in the news that New Jersey began allowing the legalized sale of recreational cannabis (marijuana) for adults ages 21 and older effective Thursday, April 21, 2022. Eligible persons may carry and use legally purchased cannabis. through licensed dispensaries.

University policies

The use and/or possession of cannabis in any form or for any reason, including for medical purposes, is not permitted on the Montclair State University campus.

While state regulations have instituted a big change, there are still rules and regulations to be aware of to make sure you comply with policies. For example:

  • Smoking is prohibited on campus: In addition to smoking tobacco, smoking cannabis is prohibited in all indoor public places.
  • Marijuana/cannabis is prohibited on campus: Smoking/vaping or consuming cannabis in public places is also prohibited in New Jersey due to the NJ Smoke-Free Air Act.
  • Driving and using cannabis means driving under the influence of: Anyone driving under the influence of cannabis can be treated with the same consequences as driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Employers: Employers have the right to ban cannabis from their workplace and require drug testing if work procedures or safety protocols are compromised.

state vs. federal

While the state of New Jersey voted to allow legalization and has now implemented the sale of cannabis, there is a difference between what the “state” allows and what the “federal” allows.

More importantly, cannabis is not federally legal. It cannot be taken out of state or consumed at a university receiving federal funding.

Any college campus that allows cannabis use risks losing all federal funding. This policy aligns with Montclair State University’s smoke-free and tobacco-free policy.

Important information and resources

University policy and state laws can be confusing. Here are some resources that can help:


If you have any questions, contact the Office of the Dean of Students/Student Conduct.

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