30 Jun Your Questions about the Recreational Bill: Answered!
Cannabis Bill FAQ
After months and years of debates, the Connecticut legislature approved a recreational marijuana bill which goes into effect on July 1, 2021. Now that the bill was signed, the Department of Consumer Protection, the state agency that will oversee both the medical and adult use programs, will start to write the regulations.
While we certainly don’t have all the answers yet, we wanted to do our part in answering the questions that we can and correcting any misinformation that may be swirling around – whether it’s in your social circles or on the internet!
Will there still be a Medical Marijuana Program you ask? Absolutely, we will continue to be here for our patient community.
Why should you remain a Medical Marijuana Program Cardholder? Here are a few reasons to stay right where you are:
- Your Medical Marijuana Purchases will remain untaxed.
- You will not be subject to THC Potency Limits.
- You will get grow rights first.
- If there is ever a supply shortage within the State, you as a Medical Marijuana Card Holder will remain a priority when it comes to product availability.
- Our experienced Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians will remain on site and available to answer your questions and provide suggestions for your healthcare goals.
|Medical Marijuana Patients||Adult Use Consumers|
|Amount you can purchase in one transaction.||Starting on July 1, 2021, you may purchase as much as your monthly allotment allows, up to 5 ounces.||1 ounce, whenever adult use sales begin (the current estimate is mid-to-late 2022).|
|Amount you can legally have on your person, starting July 1, 2021.||5 ounces||1.5 ounces|
|Grow Rights begin…||October 1, 2021||July 1, 2023|
|Number of Plants you can have in your home.||3 mature plants and 3 immature plants per adult. 12 plant limit per household.||3 mature plants and 3 immature plants per adult. 12 plant limit per household.|
|Taxes||No Taxes||Adult use products will be taxed by THC Percentage, plus normal sales tax, and an additional municipality tax.|
|THC Potency Limits||No||Yes – to be determined by the Department of Consumer Protection|
|Priority to Product if there is a shortage.
Other notable information includes:
This bill allows certain individuals that were disproportionately impacted by the prohibition of marijuana benefit from this bill, including expungement of records and opportunities to enter and participate in the industry.
Will allotments automatically increase to 5 ounces on July 1, 2021, or will I need to see my doctor to have my authorized limit adjusted?
Your allotment will remain unchanged for the next 60 days, while the Department of Consumer Protection collects data to determine when the Medical Marijuana Program can reasonably accommodate the increase to Patient Allotments without creating product shortages. As soon as we have a date and process for increasing your 30 day allotment, we will be sure to share that with you!
Does this mean I can smoke marijuana anywhere?
No, there still will be restrictions in public areas where consuming cannabis is not allowed. We are awaiting further direction from the Department of Consumer Protection, but we anticipate that you will not be allowed to smoke cannabis in the same areas where you cannot smoke cigarettes. Marijuana smoking will not be allowed in state lands and waters, including state parks. Workplaces may prohibit smoking on their premises. We will continue to update you as the regulations are completed.
Can Medical Marijuana Patients share their product? Can they gift their products?
No. Products purchased by medical marijuana patients are for the patient only, much like prescribed medicines.
Will we offer Reciprocity for Medical Marijuana Cardholders from other States?
Not at this time.
Will you still offer curbside services for Qualifying Patients?
Yes, curbside is here to stay for those who need it! Just remember to call ahead for your appointment.
Are there more protections for housing, employment, etc.?
- Yes. The bill establishes guidelines, rules, and protections for employers and employees regarding recreational cannabis use. It generally bans certain employer actions, such as penalizing an employee for the employee’s use of cannabis prior to employment.
- The bill specifically authorizes other actions, such as allowing employers to establish a workplace policy prohibiting cannabis possession or use by an employee, except for possession of medical marijuana.
- The bill (1) exempts some employers and types of positions from its requirements and (2) specifies that it does not limit an employer’s ability to require employees to submit to drug testing.
- The bill also creates a civil action for employees aggrieved by a violation of the bill’s employer limitations.
Can I now travel across State Lines with my Medical Marijuana Products?
No. This is still federally illegal, as Marijuana is still a federally illegal, Schedule 1 substance.
There are other Frequently Asked Questions, that we simply do not have answers to yet. We are tirelessly working with regulators to get you this information as soon as possible. Those questions include:
- When will be able to shop at multiple dispensary facilities throughout Connecticut instead of being registered at one dispensary facility?
- What THC Potency Limits will exist for Recreational Consumers?
- Will infused candy and drinks become available in the future?
- Will we be able to display products differently at Medical Marijuana Facilities?
- Will we be able to use Street Names instead of the nomenclature we currently use, created by the Licensed Producers?
Where can I get more information and updates?
As always, we will continue to update you as more information becomes available! Additionally, you may go to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s website at Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection