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.
Retail sales will likely not be available until at least the end of 2022. Those who wish to grow cannabis at home may not at this time. Medical marijuana patients will be able to grow up to 3 mature and 3 immature plants at home starting October 1, 2021, with a cap of 12 total plants per household. All adults will be able to grow under the same rules starting July 1, 2023.
For those considering starting a business, certain license applications are now available. The Social Equity Council must first issue its final approval on what will be required for evaluation before the Department of Consumer Protection can publish any application.
The Department of Consumer Protection will begin to make applications available 30 days after the Social Equity Council issues its final approval of income and residency documentation and subsequently posts the criteria on its website.
Please be aware that there are also very specific advertising guidelines for businesses who intent to participate in the retail sale of cannabis.
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