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Let’s Talk Delta-8 State Legality: Connecticut

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Let’s Talk Delta-8 State Legality: Connecticut

Connecticut is nestled into the corner of the Northeast with all of the other tiny beautiful states like Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. It wasn’t until a year ago that I thought of that corner of the country. When Ben & Jerry’s drops a new ice cream flavor, I think of Stephen King, Murder, She Wrote, and Unsolved Mysteries. A childhood friend informed me that he moved to Connecticut and recently became a regular at a nearby dispensary.

So if you are wondering what they do in that area, there are the four S’s: snow, smoke, ski, and snowboard. Connecticut is a hidden television hub, where many studios migrated after the rising prices in New York City. It’s also a playground for larger financial businesses, so white-collar mansions and marijuana would make sense. However, I was curious about their feelings about Delta-8 THC, and I doubted that they’d ban it to the extent of Colorado. It turns out they’re OK with it—but there’s one rule, you have to get it from the state of Connecticut.

As of July 1st, 2021, Delta-8 THC found another home in the state of Connecticut. But there is a catch. Both Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC are legal in the state. Connecticut handled both of these products’ federal regulations and state regulations in an exciting way, leading by example for state legalization in the future. Both Delta-8 and Delta-9 can only be sold within the state, which means dispensaries have to be registered with the state. So, both are legal so long as you buy them within the state of Connecticut.

That means that no outside shipments are allowed, whether Delta-9 THC or Delta-8 THC.


Public Act No. 19-3: Section 1. 

(11) “Hemp” has the same meaning as provided in the federal act;

(7) “Federal act” means the United States Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, 7 USC 1621 et seq., as amended from time to time;

TITLE II “Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946’ Subtitle G—Hemp Production

SEC. 297A. ø7 USC 1639o DEFINITIONS.

(1) HEMP.—The term “hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

(12) “Hemp products” means products with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis derived from, or made by, the processing of hemp plants or hemp plant parts;


PART I – GENERAL PROVISIONS. Sec. 21a-240. Definitions.

(29) “Marijuana” means all parts of any plant, or species of the genus cannabis or any infraspecific taxon thereof, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin. Marijuana does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of such mature stalks, except the resin extracted therefrom, fiber, oil, or cake, the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination, or industrial hemp, as defined in 7 USC 5940, as amended from time to time. Included are cannabinon, cannabinol or cannabidiol and chemical compounds which are similar to cannabinon, cannabinol or cannabidiol in chemical structure or which are similar thereto in physiological effect, and which show alike potential for abuse, which are controlled substances under this chapter unless modified;

7 US Code § 5940. Legitimacy of industrial hemp research

(2) Industrial hemp – The term “industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

Yes, Delta-8 THC is legal in the state of Connecticut as long as it’s coming from a state-registered dispensary.