The state Legislature permitted a sweeping 300-page hashish legalization and regulation invoice on June 17, 2021. With Gov. Ned Lamont’s signature, the invoice will turn out to be regulation and take impact on July 1, 2021. The complete textual content of the brand new regulation is out there here.
Right here’s what occurs subsequent.
Is leisure hashish authorized proper now?
No. Possession of small quantities of hashish turns into authorized on July 1, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., however not a second sooner. Don’t have a good time by sparking up within the streets—but.
What can I do on July 1?
You possibly can possess as much as 1.5 ounces of hashish flower legally, if you happen to’re 21 or older. Word that “possess” on this sense means these 1.5 ounces are literally in your bodily possession. Like, say, if you happen to’re strolling down the sidewalk.
Beginning July 1, it’s additionally authorized to own as much as 5 ounces of hashish flower if these 5 ounces are saved in a locked container at your home of residence. It’s additionally authorized to own as much as 5 ounces of flower if the hashish is in a car’s locked glove field, or within the trunk.
How a lot can I possess?
As talked about above: 1.5 ounces in your individual, and 5 ounces in a locked container at your home of residence.
How a lot can I buy?
Properly, you possibly can’t purchase something legally till licensed retail shops open in 2022.
However after they do, retailers can’t promote a couple of ounce per day (or the equal) to a single buyer. Registered medical sufferers could buy as much as 5 ounces per day.
What are the bounds on concentrates?
Good query. The authorized 1.5 ounce restrict on private possession interprets into 7.5 grams of hashish focus, or some other hashish merchandise with as much as 750mg of THC. (A typical bundle of hashish edibles comprises 100mg of THC.) The 5 ounce “locked container” restrict interprets into 25 grams of hashish focus or some other hashish merchandise with as much as 2,500mg of THC.
Can I develop my very own?
Sure, beginning on July 1.
House rising will likely be restricted to 3 mature vegetation plus three immature vegetation, for a complete of six vegetation. No particular license is required to develop hashish vegetation, inside the specified limits, at house.
Who’s going to manage the hashish trade?
Connecticut’s Division of Client Safety (DCP), which manages the state’s medical marijuana program, will act because the state regulator of adult-use hashish. DCP will difficulty licenses for all elements of the authorized trade.
What number of shops will (ultimately) open?
It’s unclear. The brand new regulation leaves that as much as the Division of Client Safety.
Will shops promote clones to house growers?
No. The regulation permits solely licensed hashish farmers (often known as producers, or cultivators) to accumulate or possess dwell hashish vegetation. Non-public house rising is allowed, in fact.
Any limits on THC dosage?
Yeah, a bizarre one: Licensed retailers usually are not allowed to promote hashish flower with a complete THC focus better than 30% on a dry-weight foundation. That is unusual as a result of the organic restrict for a hashish plant is someplace close to 35%. And hashish concentrates can comprise upwards of 80% to 90% THC.
So…what’s the purpose of setting a THC restrict for flower? As Leafly’s chief science officer, Nick Jikomes, has written: “You need to virtually by no means see a pressure with greater than 35% whole THC by dry weight. Be skeptical if you happen to do.”
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How do I apply for a hashish license?
You’ll want to have the ability to go a prison background examine. Happily, a previous small-time hashish conviction gained’t knock you out of the sport.
There will likely be 9 courses of licenses, starting from retailer to cultivator to transporter.
The price to use for a license ranges from $250 to $1,000, which is sort of cheap in comparison with different states.
The ultimate full price for a license, do you have to win one within the scheduled license lottery, will vary from $1,000 (for micro-cultivators) to $25,000 (for a retailer) to $75,000 (for a larger-scale grower).
Present medical marijuana dispensaries must pay a steeper entry price. The state would require a $1 million “conversion price” to connect a leisure sale license to an current medical dispensary license, and $3 million for a medical producer to develop for the leisure market.
What about limits on promoting?
Nothing uncommon right here, the simply frequent requirement that hashish advertisements solely seem in media the place there’s “dependable proof” that at the very least 90% of the viewers is 21 or older.
Additionally, promoting hashish merchandise or paraphernalia in any bodily type seen to the general public inside 500 toes of an elementary or secondary faculty floor, recreation middle or facility, baby care middle, playground, public park, or library, is prohibited.
What are penalties for underage possession?
Some youth-specific highlights of the brand new regulation embody:
- No arrests for possession for anybody beneath 18.
- No discrimination towards college students who use medical hashish.
- Faculties should re-write their insurance policies by Jan. 2022 to equalize hashish penalties with alcohol.
- Pupil athletes will not be penalized for failing a drug take a look at for hashish.
- No monetary assist penalty for possession beneath 4 ounces.
Every other odd quirks within the new regulation?
Right here’s one thing:
The invoice makes it a category C misdemeanor to supply hashish to a domesticated animal, and prohibits licensed hashish corporations from manufacturing or promoting hashish merchandise supposed for consumption by animals.