NJ misses 4/20 a day parties with the start of recreational weed sales. It is by design.

New Jersey is missing 4/20 a day in its rollout of recreational marijuana sales is not ironic.

But it would be fine next to that black fly in your Chardonnay and rain on your wedding day in Alanis Morissette’s hit song.

Beginning Thursday, April 21, adult recreational marijuana users 21 and older can purchase up to one ounce of weed per sale at local dispensaries without a medical card. At least six alternative treatment centers that sell medical marijuana in New Jersey are on board for the first legal recreational sales at 10 stores.

But why Thursday when the calendar served a very fitting occasion just a day earlier?

In the decades since some 70s teens in San Rafael, California, 4:20 p.m.. Marijuana time, 4/20 has become the day for all things cannabis.

So why miss the unofficial weed holiday?

Simply put, we couldn’t stand the heat…at least not yet.

“Selecting 4/20 for opening day would have presented unmanageable logistical challenges for patients and other purchasers, surrounding communities and municipalities,” said Toni-Anne Blake, spokesperson for the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. , charged with regulating infant industry.

“Regulators and industry representatives have agreed that it’s not feasible,” Blake told NJ Advance Media.

Stoners Jay and Silent Bob have been partying for years…but now it’s legal.Darren Michaels | The Weinstein Society

Despite points raised by the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission, the notion of a schedule snafu – or poor planning – emerged as a common response after the announcement of the legal sale of weed the last week.

Some were prompted to criticize Governor Phil Murphy and the @NJGov Twitter account (which is too busy quarrel with Delaware or something).

The general complaint: how did we screw it all up? 4/20 was just there.

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To legally buy your ounce or less for recreational purposes in Jersey, you will have to wait until 4/20.Aristide Economopoulos for NJ Ad

It’s safe to say that the official state opening day won’t stop those motivated to celebrate 4/20 from doing exactly that Wednesday.

The Jays and Silent Bobs of Jersey – and around the world – have long taken part in the bud at 4:20 a.m. (or any other time) on any calendar day, legal or not.

(In light of Jersey legalization, “Clerks” director Kevin Smith says the dynamic stoner duo will be running their own weed shop in “Clerks III,” due out this year.)

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Amy Kuperinsky can be reached at [email protected] and followed at @AmyKup on Twitter.

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