Cannabis in Connecticut

Current Policies (Updated January 2023)

Cannabis is fully legal for medical and recreational use in Connecticut. Adults age 21 and over can legally purchase up to a fourth of an ounce, or seven total grams, of marijuana (per transaction) for recreational consumption beginning on January 10, 2023. Medical patients can each grow up to three mature and three immature plants at home, with a maximum of 12 total plants per household; recreational consumers cannot grow until July 1, 2023. Connecticut residents may also store and transport up to five ounces in a locked container. Furthermore, dispensaries only accept Connecticut-issued medical cards.

Cannabis usage is prohibited in state parks, on beaches, and on the water. Individual towns may create their own policies, but in general, you can’t smoke marijuana in any place where you can’t smoke tobacco. Property owners, lodgings, landlords, and rental companies may ban the use and possession of marijuana on their premises.

Cannabis in Connecticut

Cannabis Shopping

Connecticut has plentiful medical dispensaries all around the state. Nine medical marijuana dispensaries have successfully obtained a hybrid license, which allows them to sell recreational marijuana in addition to medical beginning on January 10, 2023. There is currently a waitlist for other dispensaries to obtain their recreational licenses. Check back for additional information; we will update this page as the situation evolves.


Connecticut is home to a vibrant culinary scene. From pizza in New Haven and Mystic, to apple cider (as a donut or a drink), to seafood and hot lobster rolls, there’s something for everybody’s taste. A funny standout is the steamed cheeseburgers, which originated in Middletown, Connecticut. For the most part, they’re difficult to find anywhere outside of the state.

Connecticut is also home to lots of small dairy farms that produce scrumptious cheese and some of the country’s best ice cream, sold in the cities and along the coastline. There’s nothing more delightful than a delicious ice cream cone by the beach on a warm summer day.

If ice cream isn’t your thing, and your munchies are still demanding something sweet, Connecticut is home to a Chocolate Trail. Sample homemade chocolate treats from all around the state.


You’ve been to the dispensary, you’ve lit up in the comfort of your home, and now you’re looking for something fun to do in Connecticut. For sativa smokers, in particular, there are plenty of fun and unique history or art museums and galleries to explore throughout the state.

Connecticut’s urban areas are particularly bustling and vibrant as well. Hartford and New Haven are home to tons of excellent restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries, and pubs. Young visitors should also be sure to check out Yale’s campus, both to be around other young, smart people and to check out the campus’s gorgeous architecture. It’s particularly lovely in the springtime.

If you’re the type of weed smoker who loves to think deep, pondering thoughts about space and time, you’re in luck: Connecticut is home to some of the nation’s oldest historic houses, buildings, and towns. Often, the oldest towns in Connecticut are also the quaintest and most classically “New England” – visitors will have an incredibly authentic New England vacation exploring Connecticut’s walkable hamlets such as Litchfield, Lebanon, Essex, Lyme, and Stonington Borough.

Finally, it’s worth letting loose in a casino. Casinos are basically adult playgrounds and often offer, in addition to gaming, excellent food, cocktails, and amenities. Enjoy shopping, people-watching, and stunning interior design as well.


Connecticut is full of lush parks and nature reserves. From the state forests in the Mystic region out east, to the vibrant Connecticut River valley, there are plenty of opportunities for the stoned tourist to appreciate the state’s wilderness. The parks in the Litchfield area and Candlewood Lake are especially beautiful.

In the autumn, Connecticut undergoes a transformation as the trees become ablaze with color. Smokers, with the help of a designated driver, have the chance to see some of the country’s most gorgeous fall colors on a foliage drive. The state also has a couple of covered bridges – while they’re fewer and far between, they’re still iconic and worth a visit.

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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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