Date: September 15, 2021
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Medical marijuana patients 18 years and older will be able to grow up to 3 mature and 3 immature plants at home starting October 1, 2021, with a cap of 12 total plants per household. All adults over age 21 will be able to grow under the same rules starting July 1, 2023. Plants must be grown indoors and must not be visible from the street. People who choose to grow their own plants must do so in their primary residence and where individuals under 21 can not access the plants.
Can I grow cannabis at home?
“You have to go searching for it,” Pickford said. “It’s not like ‘boom, here’s a bag with a marijuana plant on it.’”
Any individual over 21 can currently smoke marijuana in Connecticut, but people 18 and older who are medical marijuana patients can start growing their own cannabis plants in Connecticut in October. They will be limited to three mature, or flowering, plants, and three immature plants per person, or 12 plants per household, whichever is fewer.
As for Bryan Langevin, co-owner of Green Valley Glass stores in Putnam, Colchester and Norwich, he’s interested in learning more about growing cannabis, as a medical marijuana patient himself, and wants to grow for himself and eventually start selling growing supplies and equipment.
Glaude said the imminent medical growing legalization hasn’t lead to any new customers so far, and he’s supported by a customer base that’s he’s built over ten years since opening.
“It’s just because it’s still too new, and they’re not really educated on it,” Glaude said. “They don’t spend their time researching marijuana and the laws unless they’ve already been kind of in the black market life.”
Possession of 1.5 oz of cannabis is now legal. Retail sales will likely not be available until at least the end of 2022. Those who wish to grow cannabis at home may not at this time. Medical marijuana patients will be able to grow up to 3 mature and 3 immature plants at home starting October 1, 2021, with a cap of 12 total plants per household. All adults will be able to grow under the same rules starting July 1, 2023.
For those considering starting a business, the Department of Consumer Protection will release applications within a few months, pending further directives from the Social Equity Council. Please be aware that there are also very specific advertising guidelines for businesses who intent to participate in the retail sale of cannabis.
The policies and procedures related to Public Act 21-1, An Act Concerning Responsible And Equitable Regulation Of Adult-Use Cannabis, are effective October 16, 2021 and are available at eRegulations.ct.gov.