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What is Connecticut’s position on marijuana?

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

With the legalization of marijuana increasing in certain states, it is increasingly important to understand how your state views marijuana concerning drug offenses. While some states allow medical and recreational use of marijuana, other states consider even the smallest amount of marijuana to be a serious criminal offense.

Keep reading for more information regarding the marijuana laws in Connecticut.

Marijuana is no longer criminalized

According to FindLaw, Connecticut decriminalized marijuana several years ago. If a police officer finds marijuana on your person, for example, he or she will treat it more like a speeding ticket. You may receive a fine, but generally speaking, you will not serve jail time if it is a small amount for personal use. It is technically listed as a civil penalty instead of a misdemeanor or felony. Keep in mind that if you are under 21, however, possessing marijuana will lead to a license suspension for 60 days.

Medical marijuana laws

Alongside decriminalization, medical marijuana is also legal. You must register with the state, however, if you wish to use marijuana for medical purposes. Additionally, the state lists 11 conditions that qualify for medical marijuana use. If you do not have one of those 11 conditions, you will likely receive a denial of medical marijuana use.

Laws regarding the supply of medical marijuana are still restrictive. People cannot grow for themselves, unfortunately. You can, however, use a caregiver who will grow marijuana for you, no more than one month’s supply at a time. While dispensaries are present in Connecticut, no more than 10 can exist throughout the state.