On June 22, 2021, Governor Ned Scott signed Senate Bill 1201, An Act Concerning Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis, to legalize the taxation and regulation of adult-use cannabis in Connecticut. It is the fourth recreational bill to pass via the legislature in 2021. Possession and consumption is legal as of July 1, 2021, and the market is expected to open up some time in 2022.
Connecticut legalized medical marijuana in 2012, under House Bill No. 5389, An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana. The act created a patient registry system, and implemented regulations surrounding possession, use and sales. Medical marijuana dispensary storefronts first opened in 2014. Governor Ned Lamont has called for cannabis to be legalized in Connecticut, and as a result, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D) and House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D) introduced Governor’s Bill No. 16. If passed, the bill would legalize cannabis for adult use in Connecticut, and establish a system of sales and taxation. Though the state currently bans adult-use, cannabis has been decriminalized.