Connecticut adults will be able to start growing cannabis on their own starting this weekend after a state law permitting home-growing cannabis went into effect. Connecticut legalized recreational cannabis two years ago and began regulated sales of cannabis for adults earlier this year. On Tuesday, officials with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) warned of the impending legalization of domestic cannabis cultivation, which takes effect Saturday, July 1.
“Adults who choose to grow cannabis for themselves should use safe and healthy horticultural methods to grow the product they intend to consume,” said DCP Commissioner Brian T. Cafferelli. I’m here. said in a statement from an agency. “Plants should also be kept indoors, out of reach and out of sight of children and pets.”
Adults can grow 6 plants
Regulations on growing cannabis at home allow adults over the age of 21 to grow up to six cannabis plants, including three immature and three mature flowering plants. Plants must be kept safe from children, pets, and others who may not have access to cannabis.
“We want to make sure the product is locked up, which is really important to us, to keep it out of the hands of young people. We want to make sure that the product has the highest concentration of active ingredients,” said Rodrick J. Marriott, director of drug control at the DCP. said in a statement to local media.
Households with more than one adult living on the property are limited to 12 plants per household. Additionally, all plants must be grown indoors in a safe, locked area out of public view.
“Cannabis plants must be stored indoors, in locked areas, and protected from access by anyone other than consumers and qualified patients and caregivers,” Marriott added.
In addition to providing safe cultivation methods, the official also noted the need to be careful with cannabis consumption.
“Any time you use cannabis, it should be kept out of reach of children,” Marriott said. “And obviously we don’t want people ingesting it to their pets. It can cause illness as well.”
Connecticut to legalize cannabis in 2021
In June 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law a bill ending recreational marijuana bans, legalizing cannabis possession by adults 21 and older and creating a framework to regulate adult cannabis sales. . The measures also included restorative justice and social equity measures, including provisions leading to the cancellation of nearly 43,000 marijuana-related convictions on New Year’s Day 2023. On January 10, existing medical cannabis dispensaries in the state began licensed recreational cannabis sales.
Christina Capitan, an activist with the grassroots cannabis advocacy group CT Canna Warriors, believes patients dependent on medical marijuana, which was legalized in Connecticut in 2012, could be home-grown under the state’s Adult Cannabis Legalization Act. He points out that he contributed to efforts to include .
“We urged individuals to have the right to grow and not rely on in-state licensed growers.” the captain said local media.
“What this means is that patients will now have access to what they need,” Capitan added. “They will be able to grow the specific strains they need and the varieties they want.”
State law legalizes home cultivation of cannabis for all adults over the age of 21, but exercising state rights to grow cannabis at home violates federal laws and local ordinances, depending on where you live. Capitan pointed out that some people might.
“If you live in federal housing or apartment complexes, be careful,” says Capitan. “You need to know some of the regulations in your city or town.”