Possession and consumption of up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis became legal in Connecticut on July 1, 2021, but it took the state about 18 months to establish a regulated market. July 1, 2021: Recreational possession of marijuana becomes legal for people 21 years of age and older. Under the law, residents are allowed to openly have 1.5 ounces of marijuana plus an additional 5 ounces in a sealed container. Edible or vaporized marijuana must not contain more than an equal amount of THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. Connecticut is full of lush parks and nature preserves. From the state forests of the Mystic area in the east to the bustling Connecticut River Valley, there are plenty of opportunities for the stoned tourist to appreciate the state`s wilderness. The parks in the Litchfield and Candlewood Lake area are particularly beautiful. In the fall, Connecticut undergoes a transformation as the trees glow with color. Smokers, with the help of a designated driver, have the opportunity to see some of the country`s most beautiful fall colors on a foliage walk. The state also has a few covered bridges – although they are fewer and far apart, they are still iconic and worth visiting. Marijuana becomes legal in Connecticut on July 1. But the introduction is not instant marijuana for everyone.

The legislation is put in place to provide for a deliberate, step-by-step process towards legalization. The four producers will have to reorganize their faculties to serve the recreational market to ensure that there is enough supply for retail stores to open, otherwise the state will have to wait for new producers to come into operation. There are currently about 50,000 medical marijuana patients in Connecticut, and the law requires them to have an adequate supply. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection began serious work a few months ago on new state regulations and necessary license applications for the legalized marijuana industry. The Department will continue these efforts and begin hiring new staff from the organization. Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said she expects several dozen people to be hired for investigative and compliance work, licensing and communications. Seagull said hiring would be intentionally staggered in a phase. For example, once companies are up and running, the agency will need more investigators or inspectors. The Connecticut Recreational Market is launched four years after Massachusetts became the first East Coast state to open legal pot stores.

Recreational sales began in April in New Jersey and New York is about to launch its legal market. Rhode Island has given the green light to its existing medical marijuana dispensaries to start selling recreational cannabis starting Dec. 1. Connecticut is now the 18th state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults, following the signing of the law by Democratic Governor Ned Lamont. The MPP and his allies in the cannabis industry have asked Consumer Protection Commissioner and Governor Ned Lamont to limit the number of businesses that existing medical operators can set up so that more licenses are available through the lottery process. The low number of licenses often allows the cannabis market to be controlled by the interests of the wealthy and political affiliates, which contradicts the justice-oriented spirit with which Connecticut`s legalization law was drafted. The low number of licenses could also lead to a situation where Connecticut`s recreational and medical cannabis markets are unable to provide sufficient supply to meet existing demand, which would drive up prices and allow neighboring states — once their legal markets are up and running — to siphon off the business of Connecticut operators. The MPP and other allies have recommended two possible solutions: first, instead of allowing current medical licensees to create an unlimited number of cultivation and retail operations, this first round should set a cap of two for each existing medical operator. This would make an additional number of licences available through the lottery for equity owners and small businesses, thus creating some parity between the EJV and lottery application procedures.