Connecticut

Recreational marijuana is not legal in Connecticut, but it has been decriminalized. Possession of 0.5 oz or less results in a civil penalty of $150 to $500. Possession of more than 0.5 oz is a misdemeanor that may result in up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Cultivation is a felony. For first-time offenders, cultivating enough plants to produce less than 1 kg of marijuana may result in up to 7 years of imprisonment and a fine of $25,000, while cultivating enough plants to produce 1 kg or more may result in up to a 15-year sentence and a fine of $100,000. Subsequent offenders face similar fines, but more severe terms of imprisonment. Growing less than 1 kg of marijuana is punishable by a minimum of 5 years of incarceration and a maximum of 20 years, while 1 kg or more will result in a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum of 25 years.


Connecticut does have a medical marijuana program, and participants can possess a supply that can last for 1 month, though patients are not allowed to grow their own plants. To recommend marijuana, physicians or advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) must have an active Connecticut medical license and DEA registration not subject to limitation with a bona-fide physician-patient relationship with the patient. Additionally, authorized physicians must register with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection through their portal: https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/Medical-Marijuana-Program/How-to-Register#Physician. 


Marijuana may be recommended for the following conditions: 
•    ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
•    Cachexia
•    Cancer
•    Cerebral palsy
•    Chronic neuropathic pain

•    Chronic pain of at least 6 months duration
•    Complex regional pain syndrome
•    Crohn's disease
•    Cystic fibrosis

•    Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
•    Epilepsy
•    Glaucoma
•    Hydrocephalus
•    HIV/AIDS
•    Interstitial cystitis
•    Intractable headache syndromes
•    Irreversible spinal cord injury
•    MALS (medial arcuate ligament syndrome)
•    Multiple sclerosis
•    Muscular dystrophy
•    Neuropathic pain
•    Osteogenesis imperfecta
•    Parkinson's disease
•    Neuralgia
•    Persistent muscle spasms
•    Post laminectomy syndrome
•    PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
•    Severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
•    Rheumatoid arthritis
•    Sickle cell disease
•    Tourette syndrome
•    Ulcerative colitis
•    Vulvodynia


Additional medical conditions are pending approval by Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection. Update as of June 8, 2020: Two additional qualifying conditions were approved: chronic pain that has lasted for at least six months and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.


Connecticut does not have a reciprocity program to accommodate medical marijuana patients from out of state. 


For more information, see the department’s website: https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/Medical-Marijuana-Program/Medical-Marijuana-Program.

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