People who have a medical cannabis card can do this as of October 1. Recreational users must wait until July 2023.
Connecticut now allows medical cannabis cardholders to grow their own plants
Police officers have privately told NBC Connecticut Investigates that fines for this may not be enforced often. Officers will need to get evidence of an illegal grow to get a search warrant, then there are questions about storage and destruction of the plants.
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But as far as getting his cannabis tested to make sure it is safe and has the right mix of relief for him, Francis can’t go to a lab in Connecticut, because current state law doesn’t allow home growers to use them.
As of July 1, 2021, recreational use of cannabis by adults over age 21 became legal in Connecticut. The 2021 law legalizes possession up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis and cultivation of marijuana by adults. It also expunges low-level criminal records related to marijuana. See more on the laws for more details and links for Massachusetts marijuana laws.
Using marijuana / cannabis can bring on a healthy appetite and, moreover, the sensual capacity for extra enjoyment of food. As with most places, Connecticut is ready for THC-influenced visitors with its own foodie culture. The famous Connecticut Wine Trail is a pathway of vineyards and wineries that meanders throughout the state. Member vineyards welcome visitors for tastings, sometime accompanied with food pairings, live music, and even occasional tasting classes. A subset of the Wine Trail is open during the winter, too. The state has many small farms and orchards, so in summer and fall the rural roadsides are lush with farm stands and opportunities of pick your own fruits of many kinds.
New Haven, with a large and longstanding Italian population, claims to be the birthplace of the pizza in America. Other Eastern Seaboard places may dispute this, but that is the story and New Haven is sticking to it. As with other seacoast states of New England, Connecticut restaurants and groceries serve up fresh seafood, prepared traditionally.
You won’t need a toke of THC to enjoy the many lodgings in Connecticut, including waterfront resorts, inns with spas, and boutique hotels. Then again, why not? Take a nip of cannabis and slip into the front doors of fine or cozy lodgings that will wrap you in charm, service, and luxury.
As of Thursday, people ages 21 and over are allowed to smoke (or otherwise use) marijuana in public, with some restrictions. Wherever you are allowed to smoke tobacco, you are permitted to use marijuana.
Also, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal, and you are not allowed to smoke pot in your car if the key is in the ignition.
2. You can smoke pot in public
According to the Office of Legislative Research, the bill “requires employers to ban smoking and e-cigarette use in any area of the workplace,” and while it does allow employers to force workers to submit to drug testing, it also allows employees to sue their employers if they feel their rights have been violated.
Recreational marijuana becomes legal to possess and use in Connecticut as of Thursday.
3. You cannot grow your own (yet)
If you have a medical card, you can purchase marijuana products at a legal medical dispensary in Connecticut. You can also go to another state that already has legal recreational dispensaries, like Massachusetts.