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How does legal weed work in other states and what does it mean for New Jersey? Coming Soon to APP.com, NorthJersey.com and the USA Today Network. Ryan Ross and Mike Davis and Doug Hood and James Nash, Asbury Park Press

Raven Guillmette, store manager, measures out a strain of marijuana called Cherry Diesel. Higher Grade dispensary offers fine cannabis for medicinal purposes. Denver, CO Friday, April 13, 2018 @dhoodhood (Photo: Doug Hood )

Three journalists. Two states. One goal: To try to figure out how this whole ‘legal weed’ thing works and what life is like in states that already have it. 

The USA TODAY NETWORK / New Jersey sent three journalists to Colorado and California to get a first-hand look, smell and taste at what the future holds for the Garden State if marijuana is legalized. 

They visited dispensaries. They got to know the people intimately involved with the cannabis industry, from entrepreneurs to regulators to local officials. 

And they got high — accidentally, and to varying degrees. Well, mostly by accident.

The results will surprise, shock and may even give you the munchies.

Seriously, we’ll let you know what may be in store for New Jersey and your family if pot is legalized here, as Gov. Phil Murphy and top legislators are hoping to do as soon as this year. 

You’ll find our exclusive report, High Hopes, May 21 on courierpostonline.com

In the meantime, catch up on the latest in marijuana news from around the state: 

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