CBD In Connecticut

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Is CBD in Connecticut Legal?
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Is CBD oil legal in Connecticut? Just how legal is it? And what about growing hemp? Can anyone grow hemp in Connecticut? What about smoking hemp? And can doctors in Connecticut prescribe CBD oil to their patients? In this post, we’ll answer these questions and more.


It’s 2021 and I want my CBD! That’s what countless Connecticutites are saying as the popularity of CBD oil has exploded in Connecticut. 

Interestingly, although Connecticut residents have been able to purchase hemp CBD oil online and at local shops for years now, not a drop of it has been produced in the Constitution State. That’s all about to change as Connecticut’s first full hemp growing season is upon us. 

Furthermore, facilities that are licensed for hemp processing — such as producing CBD oil — need not wait until the first harvest. They can purchase hemp from outside the state.

So it’s only a matter of time before folks in the state can support their local farmers and processors and buy CBD oil produced in-state. 

That being said, the state has been producing marijuana-derived CBD oil for nigh on eight years now. However, a Connecticut medical marijuana card is required in order to have access to these products. 

CBD oil derived from marijuana is likely to contain some level of THC, the compound in marijuana that’s responsible for the high you get from smoking or ingesting it. 

That’s the nutshell version. Now we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Connecticut hemp and CBD laws.

Connecticut hemp CBD FAQ | 2021

Is CBD oil legal in Connecticut?

As of May 9, 2019, the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD is legal under state law. 

Bill PA 19-3 required the state Department of Agriculture (DoAg) to establish a “hemp research pilot program” in Connecticut.

Under the measure, hemp, marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin, was divorced from the definition of marijuana. That is all hemp crops must produce a maximum of 0.3 percent THC. 

The hemp bill also established licensing requirements for growers and processors. Furthermore, it spells out lab testing requirements to assure potency can purity.

Also under the bill, products containing CBD such as foods are no longer considered controlled substances. Companies that make food products that contain processed CBD are not required to get a hemp grower or processor license. They do however require that the appropriate food manufacturing laws are followed.

Can doctors in Connecticut prescribe CBD oil to their patients?

Because CBD is no longer a controlled substance a prescription is not required to purchase hemp CBD oil or any other hemp-infused product in Connecticut.

That being said, Doctors can prescribe a pharmaceutical drug called Epidiolex which contains essentially purified CBD. The drug has been approved by the FDA to treat certain cases of intractable childhood epilepsy.

Although the FDA just recently (Mid April 2020) declared that Epiolex is no longer a controlled substance, doctors can still prescribe the drug to their patients. 

And, although doctors in Connecticut cannot prescribe CBD oil, they can recommend CBD oil to their patients.

Although Epidiolex might be covered under health insurance, neither hemp CBD oil or marijuana CBD oil is covered.

What medical conditions are being treated with CBD in Connecticut?

The usual suspects on which patients pin their CBD use are anxiety, pain, and trouble sleeping. However, CBD is being used to treat a wide array of medical conditions, some of which are listed below.

Can I legally purchase CBD online in Connecticut?

There is no law in Connecticut prohibiting the purchasing of CBD oil and other CBD-infused products online. 

There are some pros and cons to buying CBD oil online. 

On the upside, you’ll find a much wider selection of CBD products and brands. On the downside, there are so many companies to choose from you really need to do some research to make sure you’re getting a quality product. There are a lot of inferior products out there. 

And, of course, another upside is that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home. You can have your CBD delivered to your doorstep.

Which hemp and CBD products are legal in Connecticut?

All CBD products are legal in Connecticut with no exceptions. This includes smokable hemp flower. 

Connecticut also expressly permits the production and sale of CBD-infused foods. The practice has not yet been approved by the FDA.

Here’s a list of some of the hemp CBD products available in Connecticut:

Where can I purchase CBD products in Connecticut?

For a long time, the only place you could find CBD oil was at head shops and smoke shops. Today CBD oil and other CBD-infused products are available in health food stores, spas, convenience stores, and even national drug stores chains such as CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, and Walmart. Restaurants are also allowed to sell CBD-infused foods. 

If you have your Connecticut medical marijuana card, CBD products can also be purchased at dispensaries. There are currently nine state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut serviced by four growers.

Can I legally grow hemp in Connecticut?

Did you know that Connecticut hemp farmers can earn between $5,000 and $12,000 per acre for high-CBD hemp? It’s true, says UConn’s Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy and Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

That means that a mere 10-acre farm could potentially earn $120,000 in annual profit from growing hemp. 

However, in order to legally grow hemp in Connecticut, you must get a hemp grower’s license from the Department of Agriculture. 

Here are the basics of Connecticut hemp laws:

  • Connecticut hemp growing licenses are awarded by the Department of Agriculture.
  • The application fee for a Connecticut hemp license is $50. 
  • If you are awarded a hemp grower’s license, there is an additional $50 per acre fee.
  • A Connecticut hemp grower licenses is valid for two years.
  • Hemp growing licenses do not cover hemp processing, only growing. 
  • A Connecticut hemp processing license costs $250 per year.
  • All Hemp products produced in Connecticut are required to be be tested for THC content (<0.3%) microbial contaminants, pesticides, and heavy metals.

Is it legal to sell CBD in Connecticut?

According to a Connecticut CBD laws document titled, “State Laws on Retail CBD Sales”:

“Under Connecticut law, a person does not need a license to sell low THC hemp-derived CBD products at retail, as long as the person is not processing or manufacturing hemp into CBD. The CBD need not be sourced from within Connecticut but must be legally acquired. (“Low THC” means up to 0.3% THC, on a dry weight basis.)”

There you have it.

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