If you are an adult 21 years of age or older, you can legally grow cannabis for your own consumption in Connecticut as of Sunday, July 2, 2023. Exactly one year after recreational marijuana use was legalized, Connecticut residents will have the ability to do something that only 'outlaws' used to do.

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As of October 1, 2021, medical marijuana card holders in Connecticut were granted the right to grow up to 6 marijuana plants. According to the regulations, the plants must be kept indoors, in a secure, locked area, away from public view without the use of optical aids. Also, homegrown cannabis cannot be sold, transferred, or gifted to anyone. Connecticut will now allow those same regulations to adults 21 and older as of July 2, 2023.

Photo by Large Dave
Photo by Large Dave

I was able to take a tour of The Pass in Sheffield, Massachusetts last year, and the photos you see in this article are from inside their massive outdoor grow room. The Pass is a farm to dispensary organization, they grow thousands of plants at a time. It was truly amazing to walk through a warehouse filled with hundreds upon hundreds of 5-6-7 foot plants, and not be scared that enforcement officers would be rappelling in from the ceiling at any second.

I'm sure that the nurseries and hydroponic supply companies around our state have been preparing for this day. Growing weed is not as easy as you think, I did try to do it a few times in the 90's. I planted some seeds in my backyard, I got 7-8  six-foot plants. Turns out, they were ruined because I let the male plants grow alongside the females. I still smoked it though, it wasn't awful, but I know I can do better.

Time to see if you truly have a green thumb.

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