Connecticut Marijuana Laws

Recreational marijuana remains illegal in Connecticut as of now, but the state has passed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation and has even opened up its program to minors.

Recreational Marijuana in Connecticut

The use, possession, and distribution of marijuana for recreational purposes are illegal and charged as a civil penalty in Connecticut. First time offenders caught in possession of ½ ounce of marijuana is susceptible to a $150 fine. Repeat offenders or offenders caught with larger quantities can receive imprisonment of 1 year to 10 years and fines ranging from $1000 to $5,000.

Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law House Bill 5389 in 2012 to legalize medical marijuana in Connecticut. Under the law, qualified patients can possess the amount that is ‘reasonably necessary’ for a one month’s supply. Patients must always have their valid registration certificates on hand to avoid arrest, prosecution, and penalties.

Connecticut’s medical marijuana program does have limitations as to who can be a qualified patient:

  • Must be a resident of Connecticut
  • Must not be an inmate
  • Must not be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections

If these conditions are not fulfilled, then individuals cannot possess, use, or cultivate medical marijuana regardless of their medical condition.

Medical marijuana can be sought for the following medical conditions:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
Cerebral Palsy
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Crohn’s Disease
Cystic Fibrosis
Intractable Spasticity
Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s Disease
Post Laminectomy Syndrome
Post-Surgical Back Pain with a condition called Chronic Radiculopathy
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
Sickle Cell Disease
Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
Ulcerative Colitis
Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
Other medical approved by the Department of Consumer Protection
On May 17, 2016, Gov. Malloy signed House Bill 5450, allowing patients under 18 to get legal access to medical marijuana. The law went into effect on October 1, 2016.

Under the law, minors with a written certification from two doctors and a written statement of consent by a parent or guardian can get legal access to medicinal cannabis for:

Cerebral Palsy
Cystic Fibrosis
Epilepsy (Severe or Intractable)
Spinal Cord Injury (Irreversible)
Terminal Illness

Consumption of CBD from Hemp Oil in Connecticut

Like all hemp-based products, CBD hemp oil is legal to import and sell as a dietary supplement in all 50 U.S. states, including Connecticut.

Cultivation of Cannabis in Connecticut

The cultivation of marijuana for medical or personal use is now allowed under Connecticut law. However, House Bill 5780, signed by Gov. Malloy in July 2015, amended statues to allow institutions of higher education or the state department of agriculture legalize to grow industrial hemp in Connecticut for research purposes.


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