Connecticut: Law Allowing Those 21+ to Grow Marijuana Now in Effect

As of today, July 1, a law allowing those 21 and older to grow recreational marijuana is in full effect.

Under the new law, the personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants is allowed for anyone who’s at least 21 years old. Just three marijuana plants are allowed to be mature at any point (meaning three of the six must be immature plants or seedlings), and there’s a maximum of 12 per household.

Connecticut lawmakers first legalized marijuana in 2021, with the law taking effect July of that year. The law allowed those 21 and older to possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana in public and up to five ounces at a private residence. The law did not, however, fully legalize marijuana cultivation, instead making it a civil infraction.

The law requires plants to be grow indoors, out of site, and in a lockable and secured area.

In a news release the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) commended the new law, stating: “NORML supports the right of individuals to grow their own cannabis as an alternative to purchasing it from licensed retail producers, and maintains that provisions permitting this behavior should be codified in adult use access laws.”

They continue: “NORML maintains that the inclusion of legislative provisions protecting the non-commercial home cultivation of cannabis serves as leverage to assure the product available at retail outlets is high quality, safe and affordable.”

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