Connecticut Medical Marijuana Laws

Medical Marijuana Producer License

Connecticut does not have any limit on the number of plants a cultivator can grow. The cultivation facility license fee is $75,000, so that is obviously going to be a large scale operation. The Question and Answer document on their website (scroll down to the bottom) says each producer will decide how many plants to grow (“It is up to the licensed producer to determine the quantity of medical marijuana products it will produce to meet the needs of its dispensary facility customers.”).

Just for reference, here is the federal penalty for 1,000 or more marijuana plants
$10/50 million — 10 years to life in prison — 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(A)(vii) (2016)

Federal Penalties

21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(A)(vii)
1000 kilograms (2204.62 pounds / 1.10231 tons) or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marihuana, or 1,000 or more marihuana plants regardless of weight
$10/50 million — 10 years to life in prison

21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(B)(vii)
100 kilograms (220.462 pounds / 0.110231 tons) or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marihuana, or 100 or more marihuana plants regardless of weight
$5/25 million — 5 to 40 years in prison

21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(C)
50 to 99 kilograms or 50 to 99 plants
$1/5 million — up to 20 years in prison

21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(D)
less than 50 kilograms of marihuana, except in the case of 50 or more marihuana plants regardless of weight, 10 kilograms of hashish, or one kilogram of hashish oil,
$250,000/$1 million — up to 5 years in prison

21 U.S.C. § 844

Any person who violates this subsection may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 1 year, and shall be fined a minimum of $1,000, or both,

except that if he commits such offense after a prior conviction under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or a prior conviction for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, has become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 15 days but not more than 2 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $2,500,L

except, further, that if he commits such offense after two or more prior convictions under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or two or more prior convictions for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, or a combination of two or more such offenses have become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 90 days but not more than 3 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $5,000.

21 U.S.C. § 844a

(a) In general Any individual who knowingly possesses a controlled substance that is listed in section 841(b)(1)(A) of this title in violation of section 844 of this title in an amount that, as specified by regulation of the Attorney General, is a personal use amount shall be liable to the United States for a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each such violation.

(b) Income and net assets The income and net assets of an individual shall not be relevant to the determination whether to assess a civil penalty under this section or to prosecute the individual criminally. However, in determining the amount of a penalty under this section, the income and net assets of an individual shall be considered.

(c) Prior conviction A civil penalty may not be assessed under this section if the individual previously was convicted of a Federal or State offense relating to a controlled substance.

(d) Limitation on number of assessments A civil penalty may not be assessed on an individual under this section on more than two separate occasions.

(e) Assessment A civil penalty under this section may be assessed by the Attorney General only by an order made on the record after opportunity for a hearing in accordance with section 554 of title 5. The Attorney General shall provide written notice to the individual who is the subject of the proposed order informing the individual of the opportunity to receive such a hearing with respect to the proposed order. The hearing may be held only if the individual makes a request for the hearing before the expiration of the 30-day period beginning on the date such notice is issued.

Connecticut Industrial Hemp Laws

2014 Conn. Acts, P.A. #14-191 (Reg. Sess.)

  • Created an industrial hemp feasibility study which reported to the state legislature on Jan. 1, 2015.

Connecticut Marijuana Classification

Connecticut
Does Connecticut have scheduling criteria? No
Are Connecticut and federal criteria the same? Yes
Code citation of the schedules (see below)
21 U.S.C. § 812(b) (2015)
Is marijuana listed in a schedule? Yes
Is scheduling by statute or administrative rule? Legislative
Is there an administrative process? Yes
Code citation of the process (see below)
Connecticut General Statutes § 21a-243(d) (2015)
How many schedules are there? 5
What schedule is marijuana in? Schedule 2
Last method used to schedule marijuana? Legislative
When was marijuana included in this schedule? January 1, 2013

Connecticut General Statutes, Chapter 420f, Section 21a-408

Connecticut Comprehensive Drug Laws - April 2014 PDF

Regulation classifying marijuana as schedule 2 PDF

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program

http://www.ct.gov/

On May 31, 2012, the state of Connecticut enacted Public Act No. 12-55, Section 18(e), directing the Connecticut Commissioner of Consumer Protection to remove marijuana from Schedule I by January 1, 2013 (http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/ACT/PA/2012PA-00055-R00HB-05389-PA.htm). Here is a PDF copy in case the link above is changed: (ct-2012PA-00055-R00HB-05389-PA.pdf).