Cannabis Laws in Connecticut Cannabis Laws

Both medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Connecticut (CT). CT has recently legalized recreational cannabis, becoming the 19th US state to do so. Their have also been a number of reforms to criminal justice and cannabis users' rights in CT, including the expungement of criminal records related to non-violent, low-level possession, cultivation and distribution of cannabis.

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Medical Cannabis Laws in Connecticut

Recreational Marijuana Laws in Connecticut

Telehealth for Cannabis in Connecticut

Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Connecticut. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Connecticut

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Autism
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy – inc. minors
  • Chronic Debilitating Migraine
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain Associated with Degenerative Spinal Disorders
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Type 1 and Type II
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF) – inc. minors
  • Epilepsy – inc. minors
  • Glaucoma
  • Hydrocephalus with Intractable Headache
  • Intractable Headache Syndromes
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity – inc. minors
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD) – inc. minors
  • Neuropathic Facial Pain
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta – inc. minors
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – Severe
  • Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder – inc. minors
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care – inc. minors

Medical Marijuana for Minors in Connecticut

You must be aged 18 years-old or over in order to get a medical marijuana card for yourself in Connecticut. Those under this age must have a caregiver. Caregivers must:

Cannabis Possession Limits in Connecticut

For medical card holders = Up to 1 month’s supply, amount determined by physician.

For recreational users = No more than 1.5 ounces of cannabis flower or 7.5 g of cannabis concentrate on their person, and no more than 5 ounces in their homes or locked in their car truck or glove box.

One ounce of cannabis is considered equivalent to five grams of cannabis concentrate or any other cannabis product with up to 500 milligrams of THC.

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Connecticut

It is illegal to grow cannabis in Connecticut at the moment. Beginning in October of 2021, state-registered medical cannabis patients will be permitted to home-cultivate up to three mature and three immature marijuana plants per person in a household, up to a maximum of 6 mature and 6 immature plants.

Non-medical marijuana patients (i.e. recreational users) will have to wait until July 1, 2023 to be able to grow cannabis legally.

Medical Cannabis Qualification and Gun Laws

It is not legal to possess a firearm and a medical marijuana card at the same time in Connecticut.

Medical Marijuana and Employment Laws

In Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., LLC, a Connecticut federal court held that a federal contractor could not enforce its zero-tolerance drug policy against a medical marijuana user.

Medical Marijuana and Construction.

However, under Connecticut law, employers can still take appropriate employment action based on reasonable suspicion of an employee’s usage of cannabis while engaged in the performance of work or on call, or upon determining that an employee “manifests specific, articulable symptoms of drug impairment” while working or on call.

Employers cannot discharge or take adverse action against an employee because the employee uses cannabis outside of the workplace. Employers must be able to prove impairment whilst at work, and show that the employee’s work is negatively affected by cannabis use.

Employers can still ask employees not to use cannabis whilst at work. Smoking in the workplace is still prohibited, based on the Connecticut Clean Indoor Air Act.

Federal employees are exempted from Connecticut’s protections.

Local Cannabis Laws in Connecticut

Towns and cities like Fairfield, CT and Shelton, CT have applied moratoriums for cannabis-based businesses. New Canaan, Westport, Ansonia, Ridgefield, Trumbull, West Hartford and Madison have also applied moratoriums, but some municipalities may have lifted their restrictions somewhat.

Senate Bill 1201 has improved protections for medical cannabis users, as well as non-medical marijuana enthusiasts. Landlords cannot refuse to rent to, or otherwise discriminating against, an existing or prospective tenant based on a past conviction in Connecticut for possessing specified amounts of cannabis, or in another jurisdiction for possessing four or fewer ounces of cannabis. Tenants are not required to undergo a drug test, and non-inhaled cannabis use cannot be prohibited at one’s rental home.