Connecticut: Despite Liquor Stores Needing to Close, Marijuana Stores Can Remain Open on Thanksgiving

Licensed marijuana retail outlets can remain open on Thanksgiving, according to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

“Cannabis sales at all licensed cannabis establishments are allowed on Thanksgiving Day”, according to a recent notice posted by the Department. “Consumers should check with retailers directly for holiday hours.”

The notice states that “Any reporting to the contrary is incorrect and should be disregarded.”

Despite allowing marijuana sales, liquor stores are prohibited from opening on Thanksgiving (tomorrow, November 23).

According to data released by the Connecticut Department, there was $24,865,870 worth of legal marijuana purchased in October. Although this is a roughly $340k from total sales numbers for September, recreational marijuana sales actually saw an uptick from $14.3 million to $14.7 million. Medical marijuana sales, however, dropped from $10.8 million to $10.1 million.

Connecticut’s recreational marijuana law was passed in 2021, with the first marijuana store opening in January of this year. Under the law those 21 and older can possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana which they can purchase from a licensed marijuana retail outlet. They can also grow up to six plants for personal use.

Earlier this month the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) announced that the state will be doubling its purchase limit for recreational marijuana, from a quarter of an ounce per transaction to half an ounce.

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