Connecticut Marijuana Information
Several East Coast states, including Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont, had marijuana legalization measures on the ballot for the November 2016 election. It’s very possible that Connecticut will join that group in the near future, especially since Maine and Massachusetts successfully legalized recreational cannabis. According to recent polls, more than 60% of Connecticut residents favor marijuana legalization. Some lawmakers have been pushing the general assembly to take up bills to legalize marijuana (link). When the bills are passed, a marijuana tax is guaranteed to generate significant revenue for the state. The Hartford City Council approved a resolution in 2017 to legalize recreational marijuana, so hopefully they can urge the rest of the state forward in their quest for legal recreational cannabis for all adults over the age of 21!
Medical marijuana has been legal in Connecticut since 2012 and there are currently 9 medical dispensaries across the state. Please remember that it is still illegal to smoke marijuana in public. The best advice we can give for tourists looking to partake in the cannabis culture is discretion. It’s best to keep your marijuana use to private areas, but if you must smoke out in the open, a discreet vape pen is your best option. Even though medical cannabis is legal, if you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Connecticut Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
Is Marijuana legal in Connecticut?
Yes, medical marijuana has been legal in Connecticut since 2012 (click here for more). Unfortunately, recreational marijuana use is still illegal but it has been decriminalized. In other words, no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of small amounts. For example, if you are over 21 and caught with less than ½ ounce, you will receive a civil penalty just like a traffic violation.
Can I get my Medical Card if I am not Connecticut resident?
No, you cannot get your medical marijuana card if you are not a Connecticut resident and you
are being treated for a debilitating medical condition by a Connecticut-licensed physician. All patients must register with the Department of Consumer Protection (link).
Where can I buy it?
Once you have a medical marijuana card, you can visit one of Connecticut’s licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. The latest statistic includes more than 11,000 patients are being served by the state’s nine dispensaries.
What do you need to purchase cannabis in marijuana shop?
As of January 2016, you need a medical card, which you can get from a Connecticut-licensed physician.
What types of marijuana will the stores sell?
You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects, so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana strain for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects. Dispensaries will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Concentrates: essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: these can be very potent!
- Transdermal Products: creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
How much will it cost?
The price of marijuana depends on strain and quality, but you can expect marijuana prices to be between $10 and $30 per gram.
How much Marijuana can I have?
Medical marijuana patients are allowed to possess an amount of usable marijuana necessary to constitute an adequate supply to ensure uninterrupted availability for a period of one month as determined by their physician.
Can I take my purchase home if I live in another state or country?
No. All marijuana and marijuana products purchased in Connecticut must be consumed in the state. Carrying marijuana across state lines violates federal law.
Where can I consume my recent purchase?
Legally, you can only consume marijuana while on private property.
What is a dab?
Dabs are often compared to the hard liquor of the cannabis world, and can be found in many forms. Dabs are the essential oils and waxes of the cannabis plant that are extracted and concentrated into a potent wax form. They are known for their high concentration of THC. Smoking a dab is much stronger than smoking flowers. If you are not a regular cannabis consumer with a high tolerance, we recommend using extreme caution. If you’re considering purchasing or doing a dab, it is also important to know what is in the essential oil being offered or sold and if it is safe. Many extracts may not have been purged correctly, and may contain residual amounts of butane or other solvents. CO 2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because critical extraction machines that use CO 2 as the only solvent extract it.
Are the topicals going to get me stoned?
Topicals are a form of cannabis infused into a cream, soap, or other product that you can rub into your skin, and to our knowledge topicals do not have a psychoactive affect. Do not confuse topicals with transdermal patches though, which will have a psychoactive effect.
When will state licensed recreational stores open up?
Currently, there is no date. House Bills 5236 and 5209 were introduced in February 2016, and are currently being considered by state legislators. Stay tuned.
If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level until marijuana is rescheduled, but as long as you follow the laws for marijuana in Connecticut, local authorities will not have any issues with you.
Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice.
Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area. Even though medical cannabis is legal, if you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Connecticut Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
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