State launches new website dedicated to recreational marijuana updates – WFSB

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Connecticut, the governor has launched a website where people can go to follow any updates regarding the new law.

Cannabis became legal in Connecticut back on July 1.

Anyone 21 years and older can legally possess 1.5 ounces of marijuana or an equivalent amount of cannabis-plant materials, and they can have up to 5 ounces in their private residence or a vehicle’s trunk or locked glove box

Connecticut has become the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana, and the fourth state to do it this year.

While part of the law legalizing recreational marijuana has gone into effect, there are other components that don’t go into effect for another one to two years, most notably the establishment of retail sales, which are expected to begin toward the end of 2022 and will have a very specific licensing process and social equity requirement.

Therefore, the new website, which can be found by clicking here, will provide resources so residents can keep up with the latest information.

“Passage of this new law was an important step forward in ending the failed war on drugs as adults over the age of 21 can now legally possess and consume cannabis in Connecticut,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement. “Now begins the important work of standing up a fair, well-regulated marketplace for businesses and consumers that prioritizes public health, safety, and social equity. We know the public will have a lot of questions about this process in the coming months, and this website will be an important resource for people who have questions about the new law or who might be interested in starting a new business in this market.”

What you need to know about Connecticut's recreational marijuana bill

Recreational marijuana has been legalized in Connecticut.

“We know that many people are excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in this new marketplace in Connecticut,” Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said. “This new website will be an important resource for consumers and interested business owners. We will continue to provide information about the licensing and application process as it becomes available, and we are committed to a clear and transparent process.”

Luis Vega is the CEP of WEPA Farms, a Connecticut company that grows, produces, and sells hemp plants, a low THC strain.

“We’re very excited the state launched that website, because it allows us to jump right onto a website that’s vetted,” Vega tells us.

Soon, he’ll be applying for a license to grow and sell adult-use cannabis in the state.

Retail sales are expected to start late next year.

“We’re very excited that the bill passed. There were a lot of compromises and it ended as a very fair bill,” said Vega.

The new website launched by the state breaks down the law’s information for business owners, like Vega, and for residents who want to know more about consumption.

“Through the website, you’ll not only be able to see the changes on the adult use side, but the changes implemented for the medicinal program,” explained Vega.

The site highlights what’s in effect right now, possession of 1.5 ounces of cannabis.

It also gives timelines, like letting medical marijuana patients know that they can start growing plants at home in October and all adults can start home growing in July 2023.

Vega says he’s most excited that the new law will create more job opportunities and open up a new sector.

He says the state website is a launching pad.

“It opens up employment opportunities. It opens up more definitions and a broader spectrum of entrepreneurship,” added Vega.

For more information on adult use cannabis, head here.

Source: https://www.wfsb.com/news/state-launches-new-website-dedicated-to-recreational-marijuana-updates/article_c0a196da-dda2-11eb-830f-db669d855068.html

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