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In this Friday, March 22, 2019, photo, Paige Dellafave-DeRosa, a processing supervisor at Compassionate Care Foundation’s medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., clips leaves off marijuana buds. 

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In this Friday, March 22, 2019, photo, Paige Dellafave-DeRosa, a processing supervisor at Compassionate Care Foundation’s medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., clips leaves off marijuana buds. 
With recreational marijuana now legal to use and possess for adults in Connecticut, some residents have crossed state lines or considered doing so to purchase the drug at Massachusetts dispensaries where sales have been legal since 2018.
But the question of whether it’s legal to do that is unclear.
“Federal law does not allow it. State law doesn’t address it,” said Lawrence Cook, a spokesman for the Connecticut Senate Democrats. “It’s an issue all across the country with states that have legalized cannabis.”
Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced the launch of a website intended to assist residents with the latest information about cannabis. The site, however, does not offer guidance on how to legally obtain the drug.
Retail sale of cannabis within Connecticut borders will not come into effect until next year, as businesses must apply for a license.
“Passage of this new law was an important step forward in ending the failed war on drugs as adults over the age of 21 can now legally possess and consume cannabis in Connecticut,” Lamont said in a statement.
“Now begins the important work of standing up a fair, well-regulated marketplace for businesses and consumers that prioritizes public health, safety, and social equity. We know the public will have a lot of questions about this process in the coming months, and this website will be an important resource for people who have questions about the new law or who might be interested in starting a new business in this market.”
The new site offers information on possession of the drug, licensing, cultivating, public safety, and more. It can be viewed at
Marc Girard, acting manager at Resinate Northampton Dispensary on Pleasant Street in Northampton, Massachusetts, said the business does not turn away customers from other states.
“We’re under the impression that anything bought in the store will be used in the state of Massachusetts,” Girard said.
He added that roughly 30% of the businesses’ customers are Connecticut residents and traffic in the store has been about the same since the legalization in the Nutmeg State on July 1.
Yazmin Silva, manager at Potco, a cannabis dispensary on Main Street in Springfield, said the store has not seen an influx of Connecticut customers, but it has seen an increase in calls asking about the legality of purchasing cannabis.
“We love and appreciate all of our Connecticut customers,” Silva said
Silva suggested that Connecticut residents keep purchased marijuana sealed within its packaging while bringing it back to the state.
Under Connecticut law, people older than 21 can possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana on their person and no more than 5 ounces in their homes or locked in car trunks or glove boxes.
Residents who possess a medical marijuana card are now able to cultivate up to six cannabis plants — three mature and three immature — indoors within their homes beginning Oct. 1, while all other residents over the age 21 can grow the same number beginning July 1, 2023.
State officials are encouraging residents to check the new website regularly for updates on various provisions of the wide-ranging law, including the Social Equity Council, which will oversee the verification of “equity applicants” for marijuana-related licenses.
The council also is charged with creating new programs to support cannabis businesses and manage the state’s investment of cannabis-tax revenue in communities harmed by the nation’s war on drugs. That yet-to-be-appointed 15-member council needs to be up and running before retail sales can begin in the state.
Meanwhile, new information on license applications also will be posted to the cannabis website.
The Department of Consumer Protection began working in earnest on new state regulations and licensing applications needed for the new legalized industry a couple months ago. Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said the applications should be available in the upcoming months.
The list includes retailer, hybrid retailer, cultivator, microcultivator, product manufacturer, food and beverage manufacturer, product packager, transporter, and delivery service licenses. Some people may need to go through a lottery, depending on the number of applicants. Meanwhile, there will be a parallel track for other applicants for the same licenses.
This story includes Associated Press reporting.
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SALES: End of 2022.
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And you should also encompass the Massachusetts laws as well. they, I’m sure, don’t allow their MJ to cross the state borders as well.
so, the answer is more than clear. clearer than our winter air.
gonna be funny when CT state police extradite a CT citizen to MASS for breaking their pot laws.

How is the answer unclear? You, the reporter/journalist state it yourself in your own writing in the first few sentences with “Federal law does not allow it.” all people on US soil are required to follow all local, state AND federal law!
and since you haven’t been reading the state law/bill that passed, i’ll mention that is does address state border crossings (maybe not coming in, but certainly going out).
please do better research … or maybe investigate something that is very much in question.
How will the state deal with the federal government when the feds come after our citizens with federal charges? how will the state handle being responsible for providing illicit drugs when those users break federal laws?
Will Lamont be held accountable as a parent (or bartender) who provides alcohol to a youth that then drives drunk and kills an innocent bystander?
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