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Connecticut Marijuana Laws

In Connecticut, the state has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Typically, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal consumption. The conduct is treated like a minor traffic violation. Those younger than 21 would face a 60-day driver's license suspension, similar to the existing penalty for possessing alcohol, and a small fine.

A basic outline of Connecticut's marijuana recreational laws is in the table below. See Medical Marijuana Laws by State and the links following this article to learn more.

  Penalty Incarceration Maximum Fine

Personal Use

  Up to 1.5 oz None - must be over 21 N/A N/A
  Up to 5 oz secured in a home or vehicle trunk None - must be over 21 N/A N/A
  Up to 3 mature plants None - must be a registered patient or over 21 N/A N/A
  Any amount for those under 21 civil penalty N/A $150
  Less than 1 kilogram (first offense) civil penalty 7 years $ 25,000
  Less than 1 kilogram (subsequent offense) civil penalty 15 years $ 100,000

Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Connecticut’s law approving the sale of marijuana for medical purposes was on the books since 2012 before it was approved. Under the law, patients wishing to receive medical marijuana have to register with the state. To qualify, patients must have a debilitating condition, which includes cancer, Crohn's disease, and HIV/AIDS. You must find a licensed dispensary.

Get Legal Help With Your Marijuana Case

Despite the rapidly shifting state laws regarding marijuana, it is still possible to be charged with a crime involving the herb. If you are charged with a cannabis-related crime, a legal professional may be able to help you avoid serious penalties. A skilled Connecticut criminal defense attorney can explain the law and help you mount a credible defense.

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