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Cannabis in Connecticut

Connecticut Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

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.

Cannabis in Connecticut


Enjoying a visit or tour of Connecticut fits perfectly with using cannabis because of the serene natural beauty of the state and, on the other hand, the state’s excellent cultural options – live music, theater, festivals, and vineyards – that inhabit the whole state, particularly its cities. Let’s start with the western Litchfield area, famous for its postcard-caliber town greens and steepled churches. A toke or two of marijuana or a bite of THC-infused candy helps to heighten the dreamscape during a walk around any Litchfield town, in all seasons of the year. Hopping to the state’s east coast, on Long Island Sound, you can enjoy beautiful salt-water beaches of Hammonesset or Lighthouse Point state parks. (In fact, there are beautiful state parks in every part of Connecticut). New Haven, home of Yale University, is predictably full of museums, dining, and cultural attractions. Inland Hartford, the capital, has a fine art museum and very interesting home/museums of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

History & Culture

Among the favorite places in Connecticut – perfect for a pre-visit enhancement by cannabis – is the seaside town of Mystic, with two fine museums that immerse a curious visitor in maritime life and skills, and the manifold creatures of the deep. Enjoy a toke or a marijuana brownie and tour Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium. People who love shopping for unique gifts also will relish Olde Mistick Village, a village-like property of unusual small shops on the property next to Mystic Aquarium. Southward along the shoreline is the town of Old Saybrook is the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center or “The Kate,” honoring native daughter Katharine Hepburn. As mentioned above the fine museums of New Haven, also the shore, include the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.


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.


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.

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State Laws

Here are some key details of Connecticut laws:

  • Cannabis products would be capped at 30 percent THC by weight for cannabis flower and all other products except pre-filled vape cartridges at 60 percent THC. Medical marijuana products would be exempt from the potency caps. Retailers would also need to provide access to low-THC and high-CBD products.
  • The state’s sales tax of 6.35 percent would apply to cannabis, and an additional excise tax based on THC content would be imposed.
  • Adults 18 to 20 years old who are caught with small amounts cannabis would be subject to a $50 civil fine.
  • People under age 18 could not be arrested for simple cannabis possession.
  • Existing medical marijuana dispensaries could become “hybrid retailers” to also serve adult-use consumers.
  • Home cultivation would be permitted—first for medical marijuana patients and later for adult-use consumers.
  • Most criminal convictions for possession of less than four ounces of cannabis would be automatically expunged beginning in 2023.
  • The smell of cannabis alone would no longer be a legal basis for law enforcement to stop and search people.
  • Employers would not be able to take adverse actions against workers merely for testing positive for cannabis metabolites.
  • Cities and towns with a population higher than 50,000 people would need to provide a designated area for public cannabis consumption.

  • Use these links for cannabis information for each New England state:
    Cannabis in Rhode Island
    Cannabis in Massachusetts
    Cannabis in Vermont
    Cannabis in New Hampshire
    Cannabis in Maine

Cannabis Disclaimer
Cannabis Disclaimer

Cannabis/marijuana products have not been analyzed or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using such products, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of Edibles may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of Connecticut.
  • Please Consume Responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
  • For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.
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