Medical use was legalized through legislation passed in 2012. Possession of cannabis among adults age 21 and over became legal in Connecticut on July 1, 2021. Adults cannot have more than 1.5 ounces of cannabis on their person and no more than 5 ounces in their homes or locked in their car trunk or glove box.
Medical Use: Yes
Adult Use: Yes
Although possession of small amounts of cannabis is now legal, retail stores will not open in Connecticut until May 2022. Some lawmakers believe the date might be pushed back even further as the state undergoes the process of licensing retailers and cultivators.
To get into the business, a lottery will be held to award licenses. Fees to enter the lottery will range from $250 for a food and beverage manufacturer or delivery license to $1,000 for a cultivator license. If an applicant is chosen in the lottery, then additional licensing fees must be paid. Businesses currently involved in the state’s existing medical cannabis program can pay to enter the recreational market, but the fees will range between $1 million and $3 million for a license. More information on starting cannabis businesses will be coming soon from the Department of Consumer Protection, which will be responsible for licensing the new companies.
Each county has limits on the amount of licenses allowed.
1 excise tax per vertical.
Connecticut Cannabis Details
2020 Medical Sales
2022 Projected Medical Sales
NA Adult Use Sales
2023 Projected Adult Use Sales
Connecticut's Official State Website
# of Dispensaries (allowed/issued)
# of Cultivators (allowed/issued)
# of Manufacturers (allowed/issued)
Integrated with cultivation
# of Testing Labs (allowed/issued)
Combined Tax Rate
Retail Sales Tax
Local Sales Tax
Up to 3%
State Sales Tax
Licensing Fees (per year)
*Varies based on gross revenue