Unlike various other states, the state of Connecticut does not allow
any legal form of possession, whether medical or not. However according
to recent politics, marijuana may soon be legalized in Connecticut.
Nonetheless all those in possession of marijuana are to be charged
Also, unlike other states, Connecticut has a stamp tax on any form of
marijuana over the weight of 42.5 grams. This tax includes a
three-dollar fifty-cent addition per gram with a two hundred percent
tax, up to six years in prison, and a fine up to ten thousand dollars.
Judges are legally obligated to administer a minimum imprisonment
charge and no less for all possession cases, regardless of other
circumstances. Under this law and the specific crime, an individual
will automatically be served a minimum sentence with the possibility of
obtaining more time.
The penalties outside of the mandatory minimum amounts are based on the
number of prior offenses and the amount in possession. An individual
who has never before been charged with a possession offense will
subsequently have a lesser penalty than an individual who has
previously been charged. A first-time offender in possession of a
usable amount of marijuana will be charged with a misdemeanor offense
and be penalized through a one thousand-dollar fine and no more than
one year in jail. A second-time or subsequent offender in possession of
a usable amount will be charged with a felony offense and be penalized
through a fine no more than three thousand dollars and imprisonment
time up to five years.
Possessing more than four ounces of marijuana is considered a felony
offense under all circumstances. A first-time offender possessing this
amount will be punished through a fine no more than two thousand
dollars and no more than five years in prison. A second-time offender
will be punished through a fine no more than five thousand dollars and
imprisonment time of no more than ten years. Possessing marijuana on or
within fifteen hundred feet of school property is considered a felony,
despite the number of prior offenses, and carries penalties of two
years in jail as the mandatory minimum.
Sale and Cultivation
Selling and cultivating marijuana is considered a felonious offense, no
matter the amount. Cultivating and selling any amount of marijuana can
result in a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and up to seven years
in prison. Selling to a minor will result in a mandatory minimum
sentence of three years with a possibility of more jail time. Selling
marijuana within fifteen hundred feet or on school property, public
housing, or a daycare facility will result in a mandatory minimum
charge of three years, with the possibility of a greater charge.
Possessing paraphernalia is considered a misdemeanor is Connecticut and
can result in a five hundred-dollar fine and three months in jail.
Possessing paraphernalia on or within fifteen hundred feet of school
property can result in a mandatory minimum of one year in jail.
Unlike many other states, Connecticut does not have any specific laws
in relation to driving under the influence of marijuana.