Today marks the launch of Connecticut’s first recreational cannabis sales. Licensed hybrid retailers may begin selling marijuana products to all adults 21 and over beginning no earlier than 10am, or as local zoning permits.
Turning Over A New Leaf
While sales are currently limited to ¼ ounce of flower, or its equivalent, per transaction, this is a huge step forward for Connecticut. The state legalized medical marijuana back in 2012, and medical patients are able to buy up to five ounces per month. Connecticut also began clearing low-level marijuana records for thousands of residents at the beginning of the new year.
“I am proud of the hard work our team has done to meet the goal of opening adult-use sales in a safe, well-regulated market,” DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull said in a press release. “We know that many people are excited to participate in this marketplace, whether as a business or a consumer, and we encourage adults who choose to purchase and consume these products to do so responsibly once sales begin on January 10.”
- Laws for Growing Marijuana Plants
- Requirements for Selling Recreational Cannabis
- Products That Can Be Purchased Together
- Where to Buy
Laws for Growing Marijuana Plants
As of right now, medical marijuana patients 18 years and older are able to grow up to three mature and three immature plants at home, with a cap of 12 total plants per household. All adults over age 21 will be able to grow under the same rules starting July 1, 2023. Plants must be grown indoors and must not be visible from the street. Residents who choose to grow their own plants must do so in their primary residence and where individuals under 21 cannot access the plants.
Requirements for Selling Recreational Cannabis
The Connecticut law requires:
- You must be an existing medical marijuana producer with an expanded license to supply both markets
- You need at least 250,000 square feet of growing and manufacturing space in the aggregate to be approved for adult-use production
Products That Can Be Purchased Together
Different types and sizes of products may be purchased together up to a total of ¼ ounce of cannabis flower per transaction. Examples of what ¼ of an ounce of cannabis flower or its equivalent might look like include:
- Up to 7 pre-rolled cigarettes — that weigh 1 gram each, or 14 pre-rolled cigarettes that weigh 0.5 grams each. Or any combination up to 7 total grams, which equals ¼ ounce.
- Two-to-four vape cartridges — which come in 0.5 mL and one mL sizes.
- Edibles vary by type and size. — A standard-sized brownie or cookie can be the equivalent of .08 grams of cannabis flower. One edible serving cannot have more than 5 milligrams of THC.
- A combination of different product types that collectively amount to no more than ¼ of an ounce.
Where to Buy
These are the Connecticut retailers that have been approved for a hybrid license and may begin selling recreational cannabis products to adult 21 and over:
- Affinity — New Haven
- Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut — Branford
- Still River Wellness — Torrington
- Fine Fettle Dispensary — Newington
- Fine Fettle Dispensary — Stamford
- Fine Fettle Dispensary — Willimantic
- The Botanist — Danbury
- The Botanist — Montville
- Willow Brook Wellness — Meriden
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