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A Current Look at Drug Crimes in Connecticut

 Posted on October 05,2023 in Criminal Defense

CT defense lawyerConnecticut law takes drug offenses seriously, but these laws regularly change and can be confusing. Below is a brief overview of current drug crimes in CT. If you face charges or are arrested, consult with a Fairfield County drug defense lawyer today. 

Marijuana in Connecticut

While Connecticut has joined the many states that have legalized adult recreational use of marijuana, there are still restrictions under the law, and violations can lead to potential criminal charges. The following are some things you should know about marijuana laws in CT:

  • Possession can involve up to 1.5 ounces in public, unless in a locked container
  • Only adults 21 years of age and older can possess cannabis purchased from designated retail establishments
  • As of July 2023, adults can grow a limited number of plants (three mature and three immature per adult), as long as they are indoors and inaccessible to others

There are some acts prohibited under state law regarding recreational marijuana, including:

  • You cannot smoke marijuana in places of employment, hotels, on beaches, in state parks, or on the water.
  • Landlords and other property owners can ban possession or use on their property, and you must comply with such restrictions.
  • Purchasing marijuana from an unlicensed seller or selling marijuana without a license.
  • Selling to a minor or possessing marijuana near schools or other prohibited locations.

While certain possession and use of marijuana is legal in our state, other conduct is still very much against the law. Distributing or possessing large amounts of marijuana can still have serious criminal penalties, and distribution charges can be felony offenses. 

Other Connecticut Drug Crimes

Connecticut law sets out many drug-related offenses for substances other than marijuana, including for drug possession, distribution, and trafficking. Here are some key points to know about drug crimes in Connecticut:

  • Possession - Possession of controlled substances without a valid prescription is illegal. Penalties vary based on the type and quantity of the drug.
  • Possession with intent to distribute - This charge applies when authorities suspect an individual of intending to sell or distribute controlled substances. Penalties are more severe than simple possession.
  • Drug trafficking - Trafficking involves the distribution of large quantities of controlled substances. It's a serious offense carrying significant penalties, including mandatory minimum sentences.
  • Cocaine and heroin - Possession, sale, or distribution of these substances are heavily penalized in Connecticut due to their high potential for addiction and harm.
  • Prescription drugs - Illegally obtaining or distributing prescription medications, such as opioids or stimulants, is treated as a serious offense.
  • Drug-free zones - Penalties may be enhanced if drug offenses occur near schools, parks, or public housing.
  • Drug paraphernalia - Possession or distribution of items used for drug consumption, such as pipes or syringes, is enough to lead to charges without possession of the illegal substance.

There are defenses you can raise to challenge drug charges, and Connecticut offers certain diversion programs for non-violent drug offenders, focusing on rehabilitation and treatment rather than incarceration. Discuss your options with a criminal defense attorney immediately if you are arrested on suspicion of a drug offense.

A Fairfield County Drug Crime Defense Lawyer Ready to Help

 When you are facing drug charges and need representation from a Stamford criminal defense attorney, look no further than Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner. Call 203-348-5846 or contact us online today. Consultations are free. 


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