While a number of east coast states hosted recreational cannabis laws on their November ballots last year, Connecticut was not among them. Still, with recent polls showing that over 60% of Connecticut residents agree with the legalization of marijuana, it's likely the law is not far off from being considered for the state. Fortunately, Connecticut has taken steps in the right direction toward legalization by decriminalizing cannabis. Currently, residents of Connecticut will receive prison time or a criminal record for being caught with small amounts of marijuana. Those caught with less than 1/2 an ounce will receive a penalty as minor as a traffic violation.

While the recreational use of marijuana hasn't been legalized just yet in Connecticut, the state has allowed the use of medicinal cannabis since 2012. However, with some of the harshest medical marijuana laws in the country, only 9 medical dispensaries are present in the state today. Connecticut currently only allows medical marijuana usage for adults age 21 and older. Medical dispensaries in Connecticut offer card-carrying residents a number of Cannabis infused foods, candies, drinks, essential oils, and topical creams, lotions, and massage oils. The prices of cannabis in these dispensaries range from $10 to $30 an ounce.

If you are visiting from out of town, and currently carry a medical marijuana card, it's important to keep in mind that it is illegal to bring any amounts of marijuana purchased in Connecticut outside of state borders. Also, keep in mind that within the state of Connecticut medicinal cannabis can only be consumed on the private property.

With the gradual movement of the legalization of cannabis across the US, it's important to stay informed on current Connecticut laws. Keep in mind all laws are subject to change at any given time, so always do your research prior to purchasing or using cannabis to avoid federal action.