Regulatory Framework

The primary regulatory agency for adult-use and medical cannabis in Connecticut is the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) [1]. The DCP's Drug Control Division is responsible for issuing licenses and enforcing regulations for the cannabis industry [1] [2].

Legal Status

Market Status Statute Year
Adult-Use Legal Public Act 21-1, An Act Concerning Responsible And Equitable Regulation Of Adult-Use Cannabis [4] 2021
Medical Legal Public Act 12-55 An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana [5] 2012


Connecticut utilizes BioTrack as its seed-to-sale tracking system [6].


The DCP issues a variety of licenses for the adult-use cannabis industry. Some examples include [10]:

License Type Description
Cultivator At least 15,000 sq ft grow space required
Micro-cultivator Between 2,000 and 10,000 sq ft grow space
Producer Legacy cultivation license identity
Product Manufacturer Performs cannabis extraction and regulated manufacturing operations
Food and Beverage Manufacturer Produces cannabis edibles
Retailer A shop that only sells adult-use products
Hybrid Retailer A shop licensed to sell to both medical patients and adult-use consumers
Dispensary Facility The legacy medical dispensary license entity
Cannabis Testing Laboratory A laboratory authorized to engage in testing and analyzing cannabis.
Backer Owner of 5% or more of a cannabis establishment
Key Employee All managerial positions of the business
Employee Any employee of a business

Possession Limits

Item Possession Limit
Cannabis products containing THC 1.5 oz [4]
Homegrow 3 mature and 3 immature plants up to 12 plants per household [12]

Medical Cannabis

Patients with a debilitating medical condition and a recommendation from a licensed practitioner can register for a medical marijuana certificate in Connecticut [11]. The DCP manages the medical marijuana program [5].

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