The legalization of marijuana in New Jersey prompted much rejoicing from locals and people everywhere Monday, plus some envy from our neighbors.
“(It’s) time to celebrate,” tweeted North Bergen comedian Joey Diaz after Gov. Phil Murphy signed the three bills that made marijuana legal in the state after New Jerseyans voted in favor of a marijuana ballot question and years of failed legislative efforts.
“I’m about to smoke a number with Governor Murphy,” Diaz said, sharing a photo of some marijuana (he was prepared). “Thank you NJ!!!!”
Locals and others heralded the news by turning to some of New Jersey’s greatest pop culture contributions. Others, like Diaz, talked about what they planned to do to celebrate.
@QuispyBacon marked the moment with a GIF of Montclair’s own Stephen Colbert “smoking” a baguette in the “Colbert Report” era.
“WEED IS LEGAL IN NEW JERSEY AS OF TODAY!!!!!!!,” @wolllard tweeted. “Who’s trying to celebrate let’s go smoke a blunt in front of a police station.”
“Weed is now legal in New Jersey?” said Seattle’s @ninjashoes, sharing a photo of iconic Jersey stoners Jay and Silent Bob. “I thought it was always legal there.”
There was, however, a disappointing dearth of Jay and Silent Bob-themed responses — same with Harold and Kumar, the Hoboken roommates who took their weed-fueled quest for White Castle up and down Jersey in 2004.
Later, director Kevin Smith remedied that by delivering a message from the guys themselves.
“Jay & Silent Bob have asked me to make a statement on their behalf on this historic day,” he tweeted. “‘You took away our f—in’ livelihood!’ Excuse them. Eventually, they’ll be thankful to you and the voters of New Jersey for both legalization and decriminalization. I thank you all too!”
Later, Smith said the cinematic duo would be presiding over their own New Jersey weed store in “Clerks III.”
@4Evashook opted to go with “How High” star Redman, another homegrown favorite.
“Weed is legal in New Jersey!!!” he tweeted with a congratulatory Redman GIF, lifted from a Cameo session. “We did it!!!
For the record, on Sunday, the eve of legalization, Newark’s Redman himself tweeted, “WHO ALL SMOKN TONIGHT ??” with a GIF of himself taking a puff alongside Method Man.
(Redman knows things.)
Comedy Central went with South Orange’s Zach Braff seamlessly blending into some aggressively patterned wallpaper.
“TFW legal weed comes to New Jersey.”
“Weed is legal in NJ as it always should of been,” @daynaarneyyy tweeted. “Now can I get my money back from Burlington twp police department thanks.”
“So New Jersey legalizes weed and we’re all just supposed to finish the workday as if nothing happened???” tweeted Louis Di Paolo, communications director at New Jersey Policy Perspective.
“Put a dispensary on every exit,” suggested Jersey City comedian Alex Grubard.
The comedian even had an answer to Gov. Murphy’s green-check checklist about legalizing cannabis for adults and decriminalizing marijuana possession.
On Grubard’s list: “Tye Dye everything in my sock drawer. Eat 2 burritos in a row. Get really quiet in the middle of a conversation.”
Then there was the matter of New York — were they jealous, or just planning their next trip down the Parkway or across the Hudson?
@Parker__Black shared a GIF of a gridlocked highway.
“The NJ turnpike now that New Yorkers know weed is legal in Jersey,” he tweeted.
“How is New Jersey legalizing weed before New York?” @FrankWhyte tweeted. “That’s embarrassing.”
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