Connecticut currently allows medical marijuana use and has decriminalized first-time small possession offenses. The reform movement began in 2011 when Governor Daniel Malloy passed the decriminalization measure. Medical cannabis use was signed into law the following year by the governor, with dispensaries finally opening in 2014.

Governor’s Bill No. 16 was introduced by state lawmakers in February of 2020. If passed, the bill would establish a legalized adult-use market in Connecticut. Gov. Ned Lamont has called for legalization in the state, and is in full support of creating a regulated system. We will update this space as the bill advances, though cannabis for adult use is currently illegal at this time. Here are the current laws you need to know:

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

Qualified patients in Connecticut designate one dispensary as their medicinal cannabis provider. 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.

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

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

Qualified patients, as well as everyone else, is 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

Only state-approved producers are allowed to grow cannabis in Connecticut. No home cultivation is permitted at this time.

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