As of July 1, 2021, adult-use ("recreational") cannabis is legal in Connecticut. SB1201 was signed by Gov. Ned Lamont on June 22, 2021 making Connecticut is the 19th state to legalize adult-use cannabis. The state also has a medical marijuana program for qualifying patients.

An equity commission will oversee commercial licensing, giving priority to communities in poverty, and those harmed by the War on Drugs. Criminal records for possession under 4 oz, and prior to 2016, will be automatically expunged in 2023. Beginning July 1, 2022, larger and more recent offenses may be petitioned for expungement.

Retail sales are expected to begin May 2022, and will carry a base tax of 6.35%, scaling up for higher amounts of THC. The industry will be overseen by The Department of Consumer Protection.

Possession

Individuals may possess up to 1.5 oz, with an additional 5 oz locked in a residence or car. In the eyes of the law, 1 oz of cannabis flower is equivalent to 5g of concentrate.

Violators aged 18-20 will receive a fine, while minors will be referred to Youth Services. No one under 21 may receive jail time for cannabis possession.

Qualified medical marijuana patients in Connecticut are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces per month. Your physician could recommend lower dosages that are subject to the Department of Consumer Protection’s (DCP) approval.

Purchasing Limits

Purchasing limits have not explicitly been set, but are expected to match possession amounts.

Flower potency is capped at 30% THC. Concentrates (excluding vape cartridges) may not exceed 60%. Edibles are capped at 5mg THC per serving. Qualifying patients and caregivers shall be permitted to purchase cannabis of higher potency, varied dosage form, and in a larger per transaction or per day amount than are generally available for retail purchase, as determined by the commissioner.

Currently, qualified patients in Connecticut designate one dispensary as their medicinal cannabis provider. After October 1, 2021, qualifying patients shall not be required to designate a dispensary facility or hybrid retailer as its exclusive location to purchase cannabis or medical marijuana products, nor shall the department require any future change of designated dispensary facility applications.

The patient is allowed to buy up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis unless a lower dose is assigned to the patient. Patients can buy flower, edibles, concentrates and transdermal products to treat their conditions. Where to Buy

Qualifying Patients

Under the current law, the DCP accepts the following conditions:

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in CT:

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain Associated with Degenerative Spinal Disorders
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hydrocephalus with Intractable Headache
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Intractable Headache Syndromes
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain that Is Unresponsive to Standard Medical Treatments
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • MALS Syndrome (Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neuropathic Facial Pain
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Vulvodynia and Vulvar Burning
  • Wasting Syndrome

For patients under 18, debilitating medical conditions include:

Qualifying Conditions for Patients Under 18:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain that Is Unresponsive to Standard Medical Treatments
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Severe Epilepsy
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Tourette Syndrome for patients who have failed standard medical treatment
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder

Consumption

Consumption laws echo cigarette laws, with smoking banned in most places, though cannabis is also prohibited “in any area of an establishment” with a liquor license.

Patients cannot consume medical marijuana in any of the following areas in Connecticut:

Prohibited Consumption Areas:

  • School buses
  • Moving vehicles
  • Workplaces
  • Public or private schools
  • Dorms and other university property
  • Public places
  • and within the direct line of sight of a minor

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and will be treated as a DUI similar to alcohol. Qualified patients are also prohibited from driving under the influence of cannabis. Violators can face criminal punishment under Connecticut's drugged driving laws.

Caregiver

Under Connecticut law, qualified patients can designate a caregiver with their physician’s approval. To qualify as a caregiver, a person must:

CT Caregiver Requirements:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Agree to undertake the responsibility of managing a patient
  • Have no prior controlled substance convictions
  • Not be the qualifying patient’s physician

In the event a qualifying patient lacks legal capacity or is a minor, you must be the patient’s parent, guardian or have other legal custody of the patient. Patients are allowed to have one caregiver at a time and can change their caregiver through the DCP once a year, if needed.

Transporting Marijuana

Patients and designated caregivers can carry their medical marijuana purchased from state-approved dispensaries as long as it does not exceed the monthly allowable limits.

Reciprocity

Connecticut does not acknowledge medical marijuana cards from any other state at this time.

Cultivation

Medical patients may begin growing cannabis for personal use on October 1, 2021, limited to 3 mature plants, and 3 immature plants. Maximum 12 per household.

Personal cultivation for recreational use will be legal July 1, 2023 with the same limits.

Delivery

SB1201 lists delivery under the jurisdiction of the The Department of Consumer Protection, but no further details have yet emerged.