Recreational Weed is Now Legal in CT: What You Should Know If You’re Pulled Over
Don't bogart that joint because Connecticut has become the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana. So, let's review what that means.
Under the bill, starting July 1, adults 21 and over will be allowed to possess up to one and a half ounces on their person and up to five ounces in a locked trunk or secure location in their home. Legal sales are anticipated to begin by May 2022.
Adults will be allowed to cultivate cannabis at home starting July 1, 2023, securely. Additionally, 50% of the licenses will be reserved for equity applicants and up to 75% of the revenue will be dedicated towards equity efforts and community reinvestment.
According to the Hartford Courant, police chiefs, training officers, and resident troopers have been sent a bulletin from the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council stating that “The odor of cannabis” or burnt pot “shall not constitute in part or the whole probable cause or reasonable suspicion and shall not be used as a basis to support any stop or search of a motor vehicle.”
The new pot legislation bill is a 300-page document that CT police departments are weeding through as they begin to digest the new rules and regulations of recreational weed.
House Republican leader Vincent Candelora has always been vehemently opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Connecticut and claimed that there were so many questions and implications to the bill that he wanted to push back the traditional starting date to October 1st.