Connecticut government website answers marijuana-related FAQs
As many readers are aware, marijuana laws are ever changing. It’s becoming abundantly difficult to keep tabs of policy regarding cannabis, because the policy changes with the wind. Connecticut developed a solution to this problem: a website that keeps residents up to date on marijuana law as it changes. The website will also include clarity on legislative details in an effort to help everyone understand the new changes.
Adults began being allowed to legally possess and consume marijuana starting July 1, 2021. However, several components including establishing retail sales at cannabis dispensaries will not go into effect for another year or two. Legislators hope to include a specific licensing process and social equity requirement when establishing retail sales. Both consumers and potential retailers are encouraged to continue to check the website for news as it develops.
The failing war on drugs has cost the United States a cumulative $1 trillion, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. Thanks to this failed policy, marijuana is illegal at the federal level and classified as a schedule I substance right next to heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. To date, only 18 of 25 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use while another 13 have decriminalized.
While marijuana may be labeled as a schedule I substance, suggesting that there is no known medical benefit to the substance, 36 states, four out of five territories, and Washington D.C. all have medical marijuana programs. The laws regulating these programs vary state by state. Recreational marijuana laws change the moment you cross the border. Connecticut understands the fear surrounding accidentally being a criminal.
The Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull is committed to a clear and transparent process in her promise to provide information as soon as it becomes available. Currently, the website, ct.gov/cannabis, explains the law as it stands now, the medical program, and an educational portion on the social equity factor surrounding legalization.