Recreational Marijuana Laws: Marijuana is illegal for recreational use in Connecticut
Possession for Personal Use
Possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana by a first time offender carries a civil penalty of $150.
Possession of less than one-half ounce for subsequent offenses carries a penalty of a civil fine between $200 and $500.
Possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana can be punished with a prison term not to exceed one years and a fine not to exceed $2000.
For a second offense, the court must make an evaluation and if the court decides the person is drug dependent may suspend prosecution and order the person to complete a drug abuse treatment program.
For a subsequent offense, the court may sentence the person as a persistent offender for possession of a controlled substance under 53a-40.
Possession within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare center will receive a term of imprisonment and term of probation with a community service requirement.
Distribution or Cultivation
Distribution or cultivation includes possession with intent to distribute or cultivate marijuana.
For first offenders distribution or cultivation of less than 1 kilogram of marijuana is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or up to 7 years of imprisonment. Subsequent offenses are punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to 15 years of imprisonment.
The court may prescribe an alternative sentence of up to 3 years imprisonment. The offender may then be released at any time during those 3 years and placed on probation for the remainder of their term.
For first offenders distribution or cultivation of 1 kilogram or more of marijuana is punishable by 5-20 years of imprisonment. Subsequent offenses are punishable by up 10-25 years of imprisonment. The court cannot reduce a sentence below the minimum years of prison time required by the statute, this means that first offenders face a minimum of 5 years imprisonment and subsequent offenders a minimum of 10 years imprisonment. The court may make exceptions to these mandatory minimum sentences if the defendant is under 18 or is/was mentally impaired.
For non-violent first offenders, the court may depart from the mandatory minimum sentence if a particular reason is stated.
Distribution or cultivation of marijuana within 1,500 feet of an elementary/middle school, public housing project, or daycare center is punishable by an additional 3 years imprisonment on top of any other sentence imposed.
Distribution of marijuana by a person 18 years or older to a person under 18 is punishable by an additional 2 years imprisonment, on top of any other sentence imposed. There is an exception to this rule if the distributor is less than 2 years older than the minor.
Using a person under 18 years of age to assist in the sale of marijuana is punishable by 3 years imprisonment, on top of any other sentence already imposed.
Hash & Concentrates
The Connecticut statute uses the terms “Marijuana” and “Cannabis-type substance” to refer to plant Cannabis or any substance made from or with Cannabis, including hashish or concentrates. The terms are given the exact same definition in the statute. The term “Marijuana” is used to distinguish “Marijuana” from other hallucinogenic substances, whereas the term “Cannabis-type substance” is used to define penalties for possession of said substances. The penalties for all infractions involving hashish or marijuana concentrates are therefore the same as the penalties for all infractions involving plant marijuana.
Possession of paraphernalia with the intent to use it to cultivate, distribute or inhale/ingest more than one-half ounce of marijuana is a class C misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 3 months imprisonment and a fine of up to $500.
Distributing paraphernalia or possessing it with the intent to distribute it is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a $2,000 civil fine. In order to be guilty of this crime the defendant must know or should have known that the item would be used to cultivate, distribute, or inhale/ingest more than one-half ounce of marijuana.
Paraphernalia possession or distribution intended to manufacture or ingest less than one-half ounce of marijuana is a civil infraction, which will result in a fine of between $100-$300 (including administrative costs).
Distributing or possessing paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of an elementary/middle school is punishable by an additional 1 year of imprisonment.
Any item used for the cultivation or distribution of marijuana is subject to forfeiture. This includes vehicles or aircraft that are used to transport marijuana for the purpose of distributing it.
Medical Marijuana Laws:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Complex regional pain syndrome
HIV or AIDS
Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
Post-surgical back pain with a condition called chronic radiculopathy
Post laminectomy syndrome
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
Sickle cell disease
Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
Other medical conditions may be approved by the Department of Consumer Protection
PATIENT POSSESSION LIMITS
STATE-LICENSED DISPENSARIES OPERATIONAL
Yes, a qualifying patient shall have not more than one primary caregiver at any time.
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PATIENTS