Looking at Connecticut's Recently Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis Program

August 26, 2021

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont recently signed legislation that legalizes and aims to safely regulate adult-use of cannabis in the state. Continuing the forward momentum for legal cannabis in the U.S., the legislation contains progressive reform that addresses areas such as criminal justice, equity, public health, public safety and strong deterrents for underage use. 

“For decades, the war on cannabis caused injustices and created disparities while doing little to protect public health and safety.” - Gov. Ned Lamont 

Creating a comprehensive framework within a newly-regulated cannabis market that prioritizes these areas will ultimately help to address potential issues - while supporting a new job creating sector of the Constitution State's economy.

The Goals of Responsible & Equitable Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation in Connecticut

Connecticut will effectively modernize its laws and hope to stay economically competitive by allowing adults to possess cannabis, regulate sales and cannabis advertising content, train its police force in the latest techniques of detecting and preventing impaired driving, and expunge the criminal records of people with certain eligible cannabis convictions. 

Highlighting Key Components, Limits, & Protections of CT's Adult-Use Cannabis Law 

Adult Cannabis Possession: 

As of July 1st 2021, adults aged 21 and over are allowed to possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis or an equivalent amount of product or concentrate on their person, and no more than five ounces at home, or locked in their glove box or car trunk. 

Retail Cannabis Sales: 

Home Cultivation: 

Expungement of Lower-Level Cannabis Convictions:

Structure & Allocation of Connecticut's Cannabis Tax: 

A new retail sale tax structure emerges from the bill which includes new sources of revenue for municipalities:

From this tax base, the state of Connecticut will average about a 4% lower rate than New York and a similar amount as the state of Massachusetts.   

Impaired Driving & Underage Cannabis Use Prevention: 

The legislation implements a strong framework of preventing access to cannabis by minors in the same context as alcohol:

The law will also aim to strengthen Connecticut’s impaired driving statutes by requiring police to be trained in an Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE).

Product Safety & Cannabis Advertising:

This legislation implements strong standards for cannabis products and cannabis advertising:

Adult-Use Cannabis Industry Employment in CT:

Here are some key elements concerning employment in Connecticut's developing adult-use cannabis industry: 

Interested in finding out more about Connecticut's recently legalized adult-use cannabis program? Visit this resource via CT.gov containing all the facts on the new law. 


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