Recreational and medical marijuana are both legal in Connecticut with medical legalized in 2012 and recreational legalized in 2021. Read on to learn more about Connecticut's current marijuana laws and where you can find a marijuana dispensary.
What you need to know about Connecticut’s Cannabis Laws
- Recreational marijuana is now legal in Connecticut for persons over the age of 21.
- Possessing up to 14 grams of marijuana in Connecticut is a civil offense resulting in a $150 fine for first time offenders. Possession of over 14 grams is a misdemeanor that could result in up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine.
- Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Connecticut for adults with a qualifying condition who possess a medical marijuana card
- Connecticut is home to marijuana dispensaries located across the state
- It is legal to grow marijuana in the state of Connecticut starting October 1, 2021.
Connecticut Medical Marijuana Laws
In 2012, Connecticut became the 17th state to legalize medical marijuana for qualified patients. Doctors must determine if a patient has a qualifying condition and is a good candidate for medical marijuana. Once a patient’s condition is certified by their doctor, they must apply for a medical marijuana card online with the state government in Connecticut. Application fees are $100 for patients and $25 for caregivers. Possession for patients and caregivers must not exceed a reasonable amount that is needed for a month of uninterrupted use. Neither patients or caregivers are allowed to grow marijuana.
If you are traveling to Connecticut and possess an out-of-state medical marijuana card, you are not allowed to purchase marijuana from a medical dispensary. Out-of-state medical card holders are not exempt from current marijuana laws in the state and could face fines and penalties associated with possession of marijuana.
Recreational Marijuana Legislation in Connecticut
Efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut have made some progress over the past few years and organizers have finally seen the fruits of their labor. Democratic governor Ned Lamont renewed his efforts and was able to sign recreational consumption into law as of June, 2021.
Additional Marijuana Laws to be Aware of in Connecticut
- Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in the state of Connecticut and drivers may be asked to submit to a chemical test if expected of driving while impaired.
- The use of marijuana in public places is prohibited even for medical marijuana patients.
- Medical marijuana cards must be renewed annually.
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