History Of Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

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Prior to 1937, cannabis was grown in a number of states for industrial use. Textiles, sails, clothing, and rope were just a few of the products made from the marijuana plant. Hemp was so valued at the time that the federal government encouraged farmers to grow more of it. However, by the end of World War II, the rise of anti-drug campaigns led to the ban of cannabis’ industrial production. By the 1970s, marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 drug on a federal level, a classification it still carries today. Schedule 1 drugs are considered to have a high likelihood of abuse and have no medical use.

Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Medical marijuana was first legalized in the state of California in 1996, starting a trend that would slowly lead to the same medical availability in several states around the country. Connecticut decriminalized the possession of up to one-half ounce of cannabis in June 2011.

In May 2012, HB 5389 was passed by the Connecticut General Assembly of Representatives and signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy, legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The bill revised the regulations of state agencies to appoint The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) responsible for the regulation of medical marijuana use, and added Chapter 420f to the Connecticut General Statutes, titled “An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana”. Recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in Connecticut, and possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana is punishable by a civil penalty of $150 to $500.

Registered medical marijuana patients can buy a variety of edibles, flower, topicals, concentrates, and tinctures from licensed dispensaries throughout Connecticut. Nature’s Medicines offers a large array of medical cannabis in all of these forms. We hope you’ll visit our medical marijuana dispensary in Mansfield soon and see our impressive selection for yourself.