Connecticut Marijuana Laws

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Connecticut marijuana possession laws can be strict. Facing any marijuana possession charge is no small matter, and I know this is a stressful and difficult time for you. Although I’m sure you don’t think of yourself as an accused criminal, the marijuana laws in Connecticut mean the courts see you this way.

New Connecticut marijuana laws mean that adults over 21 can legally possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis. However, despite this degree of marijuana criminalization, Connecticut pot laws can still screw up your future. Even if you only receive a ticket for pot possession, and even if it’s not technically a crime, it can show up on a background check and damage your prospects if you don’t deal with it properly.

As an experienced CT criminal defense attorney, I’m very familiar with Connecticut marijauna laws. Whether you’re caught with a small amount of pot for personal use, or you’re facing charges for carrying multiple pounds, I can help. Reach out immediately if you’re dealing with any alleged violation of marijuana laws in Connecticut.

Connecticut Marijuana Possession Laws

If you are like most people and have never faced a criminal charge you are likely quite frightened⁠— and rightfully so. No one wants to pay fines, spend time in jail, or be labeled as a convicted criminal with a permanent criminal record. The consequences are many and not to be taken lightly.

When it seems as if everyone in the system is out to get you, I can help. I have successfully defended many clients against marijuana charges and want to be able to help you. Call me for a free legal consultation and case evaluation on a marijuana charge in Connecticut.

I know that Connecticut can be particularly harsh on pot charges if you are an out of state college student. They may be more likely to give you a ticket or arrest you, and either can cause you problems.

Do you need help dealing with Connecticut pot laws? Contact me today to take advantage of my experience. I’ll tell you how I’ve helped other people beat pot charges and what I think I can do for your case based on the circumstances.

Can a Civil infraction for Breaking Marijuana Laws in Connecticut Show up on a Background Check?

Yes, it can. A civil penalty shouldn’t matter, but if it’s there for any employer to see, it can still mess you up.

That’s why it is better to avoid just accepting the infraction. Don’t just pay the fine⁠— contact me to consider how to keep the incident off your record.

Can I Beat a Marijuana Possession Charge?

Yes, there are many legal defense options to fight your case. I can challenge your arrest and the evidence collected against you on constitutional grounds. For example, you cannot be legally searched without certain due process elements being met.

On a first offense marijuana charge for a small amount of weed, there are a number of possible plea deals to consider that can completely avoid a permanent criminal record. For many people, that is the biggest deal. I don’t want a conviction on my record to screw up any future opportunities for employers or anyone else who does a background check.

And even a civil infraction can show up on your record and prevent you from a job or other future opportunities.

But there are ways to keep your record clean.

Possibilities include:

  • A nolle plea, or no prosecution in exchange for not getting in any further trouble
  • Accelerated Rehabilitation programs, where you agree to treatment programs
  • Other possible community service options & probation

Connecticut marijuana possession laws can be complicated, but there are a number of possible options I can discuss to get you through this legal problem. Contact me today to find out exactly what I think would make sense in your situation based on how Connecticut pot laws apply to your case.

Marijuana Possession Penalties in Connecticut

First Offense Connecticut Marijuana Possession – Penalties

A 1st offense charge of Possession of Marijuana carries the following penalties under Connecticut Law if you are found guilty:

1ST OFFENSE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA CHARGE 1ST OFFENSE PENALTIES
UNDER 1/2 OZ Civil Infraction
  • up to a $150 fine
1/2 OZ TO 4 OZ Misdemeanor
  • up to 1 year in jail
  • up to a $1000 fine
4OZ OR MORE Felony
  • up to 5 years in jail
  • up to a $2000 fine

Second Offense Connecticut Marijuana Possession – Penalties

A 2nd offense charge of Possession of Marijuana is an even more serious felony charge. It carries the following penalties under Connecticut Marijuana Law if you are found guilty:

2ND OFFENSE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA CHARGE 2ND OFFENSE PENALTIES
UNDER 1/2 OZ Infraction
  • up to a $500 fine
1/2 OZ TO 4 OZ Felony
  • up to 5 years in jail
  • up to a $3000 fine
4OZ OR MORE Felony
  • up to 10 years in jail
  • up to a $5000 fine

Ref: Conn. Gen. Stat. §21a-279

Yes, it is true that you can theoretically be sent to prison for a felony offense of barely half an ounce of weed if it isn’t your first drug offense.

Connecticut Marijuana Laws for Distribution/Sale/Cultivation – Penalties

If the state prosecutor believes they can prove that you were selling the marijuana or if you were caught cultivating or growing marijuana, you can face some much harsher penalties, even under new Connecticut marijuana laws.

First Offense Marijuana Distribution in CT

Less than 1 Kilogram Felony Up to 7 years in prison and fines.
1 Kilogram or more Felony *5-20 years in prison and fines


Second or subsequent offense

Less than 1 Kilogram Felony Up to 7 years in prison and fines.
1 Kilogram or more Felony *10-25 years in prison and fines

Ref. Conn. Gen. Stat. §21a-278

*These sentences mean that Connecticut has a mandatory minimum sentence prescribed for these offenses.

In addition to these harsh potential penalties, you could face additional time if the offense was committed on school property or if you attempted to sell to a minor.

Are You Facing Charges for Allegedly Breaking Connecticut Marijuana Laws? Get a Criminal Defense Consultation on Your Marijuana Charge – No Obligation!

I know you deserve representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands how Connecticut marijuana regulations work and how they apply to your case. Regardless of the circumstances, I want to help. I care about the specifics of your case; I want to know what happened, how it happened, and how I can support you.

If this is your first offense or if the charge is a minor possession charge I will fight to give you the best chance at dismissal or increase your chances of getting probation or less serious consequences. But I cannot help you deal with Connecticut cannabis laws until I hear from you. Call today for a consultation of your case.

When it comes to Connecticut marijuana laws, even a civil infraction can be a real problem. Contact today a criminal defense attorney.

– Erin Field, Attorney at Law

(860) 749-8313

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