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Both recreational and medical marijuana use are now legal in Connecticut, under strict regulation and in limited quantities. The state statute allows for general legalization and provides provisions for governing its sale, use, and distribution, but it does not guarantee that it will be legal to sell anywhere in the state. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is responsible for reviewing applications and issuing licenses for recreational dispensaries in Connecticut.

After the receipt of applications, they are entered into a lottery system, and the selected applications will be reviewed in sequence. If an application is rejected, the reviewers will proceed to evaluate the next application in the queue. Upon selection of your application, you will be required to submit a provisional license application. Successful applicants will receive provisional licenses and will have a period of 14 months from the date of issuance to acquire a fully operational license. For Cultivators, there is a lottery fee of $1,000, provisional fee of $25,000, and a license fee of $75,000. For Retailers, there is a lottery fee of $500, provisional fee of $5,000, and a license fee of $25,000.

Connecticut’s retail cannabis dispensaries will remain subject to the governance and regulation of local authorities, who have the authority to decide whether or not to permit the operation of recreational dispensaries within their jurisdiction. Numerous towns in Connecticut have already begun debating the issue of recreational retail of cannabis products and some have passed laws prohibiting it.

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Connecticut has a limited history with cannabis legalization. In 2012, the state passed a medical cannabis law, which allowed for the use of cannabis for certain medical conditions with a doctor’s recommendation. However, the implementation of the program was delayed by regulatory challenges and legal disputes, leading to a slow rollout of medical cannabis sales.

In 2011, Connecticut decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis, making it a civil offense with a fine rather than a criminal offense with the possibility of jail time. As of July 1, 2021, recreational marijuana was legalized in Connecticut, permitting the possession and use of small amounts for adults. However, various aspects of the law will require further examination, and it will be up to state and local authorities to establish guidelines and procedures for regulating and enforcing the law within their jurisdictions over the coming years.

Connecticut’s cannabis legalization efforts have been praised for their focus on social justice and equity. The law includes provisions for expungement of past cannabis convictions, and establishes a social equity council to help ensure that people from communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs have opportunities to participate in the legal cannabis industry.

Overall, Connecticut’s recent legalization of recreational cannabis represents a significant step forward in the state’s cannabis policy. While the implementation of the law will likely face some challenges, it reflects a broader trend towards cannabis legalization and regulation in the U.S.

LAST UPDATED 5/10/2023 – It’s important to remember that laws can be revised and updated frequently, so please keep this in mind.