Connecticut has some of the most harsh marijuana laws and penalties within the United States, as you can be charged with a “useable amount” instead of a specified amount. Thus, if the court finds any amount of marijuana on your person as a usable amount you can face sever penalties. Below you will find all of the most current Connecticut marijuana laws and penalties; however, take note this article was written in 2010.
Possession of Marijuana:
If you are caught possessing any “useable amount” of marijuana in Connecticut you will be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries a one year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $1,000. If you are caught with a “useable amount” of marijuana again, the charge is raised to a felony and carries a possible prison sentence of five years and a $3,000 fine.
If you are caught with four or more ounces of marijuana, you will be charged with a felony and may face up to five years in prison with a maximum fine of $2,000. Any subsequent offense of having four or more ounces of marijuana is also a felony offense and it carries a possibility of 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
If you are caught with any amount of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school zone you will be required to spend two years in prison, as this is a mandatory minimum sentence; even if this is your first offense ever. Mandatory minimum sentences may also add to previous sentences, and they cannot be reduced by a judge and you will also not be up for parole.
Sale/Cultivation of Marijuana:
If you are caught trying to sell or cultivate any amount of marijuana this is a felony offense with a possibility of seven years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000. If you are caught selling any amount of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a daycare facility, public housing or a school you will be charged with a felony and must carry out a mandatory minimum sentence of three years. The punishment is also the same for selling any amount of marijuana to a minor.