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ANJA Presents: Medical vs Recreational Dispensaries in NJ

Ashley Robins
July 10, 2023

Hey there, welcome to ANJA’s blog! If you're curious about the world of cannabis, you've come to the right place. Today, we're focusing on ANJA’s home state - New Jersey, which has embraced both medical and recreational cannabis. In this easy-to-understand guide, we'll break down the distinctions, regulations, and benefits of medical and recreational cannabis in New Jersey. Whether you're unsure of the difference between medical and recreational dispensaries, looking for a new way to relax, or just want to learn more about cannabis, this guide has got you covered.

Medical Cannabis vs Recreational Cannabis

New Jersey is home to a growing number of cannabis dispensaries, offering a wide range of products for both medical and recreational users. When choosing a dispensary, consider factors like product quality, staff knowledge, and customer reviews. Medical dispensaries are only accessible to medical cardholders, while recreational dispensaries like ANJA are open to all adults over 21.

For recreational use, adults aged 21 and over can purchase cannabis from licensed retailers. There are rules on where you can consume and how much you can possess (up to 6 ounces), and driving under the influence is a no-go; regardless of your medical or recreational status!

Medical cannabis is usually prescribed by a doctor for specific health conditions and sometimes (but not always) contains higher levels of CBD. Recreational cannabis, on the other hand, is used for personal enjoyment and broader wellness purposes and sometimes (but not always) has higher THC content. Medical dispensaries in New Jersey generally have patient-only hours and reserved parking for medical patients. Some medical dispensaries also may reserve specific products for patients only, guaranteeing access to more medical-oriented products and strains like Blue Dream, Purple Urkle, Super Silver Haze, Sour Diesel, and OG Kush. The places you can buy and the rights you have as a consumer also differ between the two.

Recreational Dispensaries: The ANJA Standard

Recreational dispensaries like ANJA must meet rigorous standards to be licensed. This includes strict security measures, quality control for all products, and ensuring all staff are trained and knowledgeable. You can trust that you're getting safe, high-quality products in a secure and welcoming environment.

At ANJA, we're not just a recreational cannabis dispensary - we're a full-service cannabis experience designed with you in mind. We understand that every customer has unique needs and preferences, and we've tailored our services to meet those needs. Here's a quick look at what we offer at this point in time:

  • Pickup: In a rush or prefer to shop online? No problem! With our convenient pickup service, you can browse and order our products online and pick them up at a time that suits you.

  • Delivery: Can't make it to our store? We've got you covered. We offer a reliable delivery service to bring your favorite cannabis products straight to your door. Just place your order online, and we'll do the rest.

  • Online Ordering: Shopping for cannabis has never been easier. Our online ordering system is user-friendly and secure, allowing you to browse our wide range of products at your own pace. Whether you're looking for a specific strain or want to try something new, you can find it all on our website.

  • E-commerce with Accurate Stock: We understand how frustrating it can be to find a product you love, only to discover it's out of stock. That's why we've invested in a real-time inventory system. Our online store is constantly updated to reflect our current stock, so you can shop with confidence knowing that what you see is what we have.

We're committed to making your cannabis shopping experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Whether you're a first-time consumer or a seasoned user, our team is here to help you find the perfect products for your needs. Plus, take comfort in knowing that both retail and the ANJA mobile app are under construction. We look forward to serving Middlesex County!

Medical Patients at ANJA

While ANJA is a recreational cannabis dispensary, we want to make it clear that medical cannabis patients are more than welcome here. We offer a wide range of cannabis products, including non-smokeable content often sought after by medical patients. Our knowledgeable staff is always on hand to answer any questions you may have and guide you toward the products that best suit your needs. So, whether you're a recreational consumer or a licensed medical patient, ANJA is here to provide you with high-quality cannabis products in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Accessing Medical Cannabis in New Jersey

Joining the New Jersey Medicinal Cannabis Program (NJMCP) involves 3 main steps:

  1. Find Your Doctor: You need a healthcare provider who's registered with the NJMCP and is actively involved in treating your medical condition.

  2. Be a Jersey Resident: You must live in New Jersey to qualify for the program.

  3. Get Diagnosed: You need a qualifying medical condition. Your NJMCP-registered healthcare provider will make this diagnosis. Dispensaries are not involved in this decision.

Qualifying conditions include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Anxiety

  • Cancer

  • Chronic pain

  • Dysmenorrhea

  • Glaucoma

  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease

  • Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity

  • Migraine

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Opioid Use Disorder

  • Positive status for (HIV) and (AIDS)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Seizure disorder, including epilepsy

  • Terminal illness with a prognosis of less than 12 months to live

  • Tourette Syndrome

If you believe you can meet the requirements above, you can apply for a medical cannabis card and start exploring the products at state-licensed dispensaries. For more information on NJ’s medical cannabis program, visit this site for official information: https://www.nj.gov/cannabis/medicinalcannabis/medicinal/ .

Safety and Compliance at ANJA

ANJA takes safety and compliance very seriously. As a licensed recreational cannabis dispensary in New Jersey, we adhere to a stringent set of regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers. Here are some of the key safety measures we implement:

  • Product Testing: All of our cannabis products undergo rigorous testing for potency and contaminants, including pesticides, heavy metals, and microbial impurities. This ensures that you're getting a safe, high-quality product every time.

  • Secure Facilities: Our dispensary is equipped with state-of-the-art security systems, including surveillance cameras and alarm systems, to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. We also have strict protocols in place for handling and storing cannabis products.

  • Trained Staff: Our staff members are thoroughly trained in handling cannabis products safely and responsibly. They are knowledgeable about the different types of cannabis products, their effects, and how to use them responsibly.

  • Age Verification: We strictly enforce the legal age limit for purchasing cannabis. All customers must show valid ID proving they are at least 21 years old.

  • Education and Information: We provide clear, accurate information about our products, including their effects and how to use them safely.

  • Compliance with Local and State Laws: We regularly review our operations to ensure we are in full compliance with all local and state laws regarding cannabis sales and use.

Our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming environment where adults can explore the world of cannabis responsibly. We're committed to meeting and exceeding all safety and compliance standards, so you can feel confident and secure when you visit us.


As the cannabis landscape continues to evolve in New Jersey, understanding the differences between medical and recreational cannabis is crucial. Stay informed, stay safe, and enjoy the benefits that this remarkable plant has to offer. When you have Questions, We Have ANJA. 


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