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Cannabis in Connecticut is illegal for recreational use, but possession of small amounts is decriminalized.

In June 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation decriminalizing cannabis possession to a $150 fine for a first offense. This followed a close vote in the Senate and 90-57 vote in the House.

Possession of larger amounts of marijuana is still illegal and punishable by imprisonment and monetary fines. A subsequent offense of possession of one-half ounce of marijuana is still a non- criminal infraction but the fine rises to $200–500.

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In June 2012, Governor Malloy signed into law a medical marijuana program for his state, following a 21-13 vote in the Senate.


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  • Connecticut Becomes 17th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

    2012-05-31

    Connecticut becomes the 17th state to legalize medical marijuana when Governor Dannel P. Malloy signs HB 5389 into law. The law "allows licensed physicians to certify an adult patient's use of medicinal marijuana after determining that the patient has a specified debilitating disease or medical conditions and could benefit from its regulated treatment." Patients with a written certification who register with the Department of Consumer Protection "may obtain marijuana from certified pharmacists at licensed dispensaries, who will obtain it from licensed producers." 


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