The Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program was established and signed into law on May 31, 2012, after the proposal was approved by both House bill and Senate. The law, under the Department of Consumer Protection, provides the registered patient that is qualified with a debilitating condition to avail marijuana for medical use, preventing him from arrest. The patient can possess two-and-a-half ounces amount of marijuana under the law and can also depend on the physician’s prescription if lesser amount of marijuana is appropriate.

Caregiver Laws

A caregiver shall either be a registered patient or a designated individual who is registered under the Department of Consumer Protection and who has been evaluated by the registered patient’s physician to use medical marijuana. A caregiver must be at least 18 years of age or above with no background of any drug felony conviction and must be responsible and agree to assist the patient. A caregiver is not allowed to cultivate or grow marijuana, but can possess up to seventy grams of marijuana on behalf of the patient.

Dispensary Laws

A medical marijuana dispensary must be registered under the Department of Consumer Protection with complete requirements and fees paid in full. No other person except a facility personnel, a registered patient, or the patient’s designated caregiver is allowed to enter the facility. A dispensary must not be located within 1,000 feet from a private or public school attended by minors, a church, a playground, or a daycare facility. Dispensaries must install the required security equipment to prevent unauthorized entrance.

Growing Laws

A producer must be registered under the Department of Consumer Protection to cultivate or grow medical marijuana and sell it wholesale in a licensed dispensary to provide registered patients or their designated caregivers with allowable amounts of marijuana for medical use. Producers will determine the allowable amount of marijuana produced to meet the needs of the customer. Producers are not allowed to dispense or cultivate marijuana from other states. Producers must be 18 years of age or above and be registered under the DCP to cultivate marijuana in an enclosed and locked facility.

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