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A path to cannabis acceptance

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2023 | Drug Crimes

Marijuana was once considered a dangerous drug that could that at best could inhibit so-called normal behavior and turn people maniacal. Early black-and-white films from decades ago served as public service announcements covering the sheer dangers of “lighting up.” Even as late as the 1970s, criticism surrounded depictions of cannabis use in movies and television.

The path to legalized pot was a long and winding road towards mainstream acceptance. Today, the trend of states who are legalizing cannabis for both enthusiasts and those dealing with medical issues continues.

A new era for the Constitution State

The first day of July in 2021 was a quantum shift for marijuana enthusiasts throughout Connecticut. Governor Ned Lamont signed a bill that made the Constitution State the ninetieth state to legalize pot for adults. Retail sales began in July of 2022, the one-year anniversary.

Governance falls under the auspices of the Department of Consumer Protection who established certain limits when it comes to purchases that include:

  • Possession of up to 1.5 ounces
  • An additional five ounces locked in a home or vehicle
  • Patients who qualify can possess up to three ounces in a month

THC levels are also subject to regulation and capped at 30 percent. Vape cartridges and other concentrates can go up to 60 percent. Edibles are at a max of five THC per serving.

A certain level of leeway exists to qualifying patients purchasing higher levels of potency in various dosage types combined with larger transactions per day without the previous requirement of selecting one dispensary as their provider.

Whether through a doctor’s prescription or a visit to a dispensary, legal marijuana shows no signs of stopping. The critics are fewer. The benefits seem countless. However, even legalization of the popular “flower” can still lead to various criminal consequences.