Recreational marijuana sales are bound to keep "heating up" as New Jersey's market enters its first summer — so where can customers use their purchases?

Not while on the beach, legally.

No smoking — whether tobacco or cannabis products — is allowed in public parks and beaches under state law (updated in 2018).

Vaping "smoking" E-Cigarette.
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Fines start at $250 for a first offense and go up to $1,000 for a third offense. The ban also includes vaping, or the use of e-cigarettes.

Sandy Hook is a big no on weed use in any form, as it's a federal beach.

State law says no cannabis use on federal land and any potentially broken laws at the National Gateway area could earn an appearance in U.S. District Court in Newark.

Entrance to Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook
Entrance to Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook (Bud McCormick)

So what is allowed, legally, again, as the state's summer tourism season has kicked off?

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Adults 21 and older are allowed to buy, carry and use cannabis — in such forms as flower (or buds), oils (vaporizers), tinctures (drops) and ingestibles (lozenges).

They are also allowed to carry up to 6 ounces of pot on them, without facing any penalties.

NJ weed use dos and dont's 2022 summer
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“You can use cannabis on private property, but property owners have the right to restrict cannabis use on their property. You may also use, smoke, eat, or vape in dispensaries licensed and zoned for onsite consumption. You cannot use, smoke, eat, or vape cannabis on federal lands, in federal buildings, or smoke in public spaces where smoking is banned,” according to state officials.

Under state law, municipalities or counties are allowed to create a small smoking area on a beach (not exceeding 15% of the total area).

However, a growing number of Shore towns have opted to shrink or get rid of such areas altogether, such as Wildwood Crest and Seaside Heights (along the boardwalk), last year.

And, what about packing recreational pot, bought legally in NJ?

no pot in suitcases (Townsquare Media)
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"Can I take my stash on vacation — not by plane, train, or automobile," according to an updated guide by state officials.

"You may not take cannabis in any amount across state lines. You also cannot mail it anywhere – even to places where cannabis use is legal."

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