Connecticut Cannabis Expungement Guide

Connecticut Cannabis Expungement Guide

Discover comprehensive insights into the Connecticut cannabis expungement process through these detailed and informative Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

How did Connecticut handle expungements for cannabis?

The state has introduced the Clean Slate and Cannabis Erasure programs, which will automatically erase certain types of convictions in 2023, while others will require a petition process. Specifically, convictions for violations of particular General Statutes related to cannabis possession and other related offenses between specified dates are eligible for automatic erasure or can be petitioned for erasure​​​​.

All felonies? Only non-violent?

Specific, non-violent crimes. The state limits automatic erasure to specific types of crimes, varying between Possession, Possession with intent to use, manufacturing/selling, or administration with intent to sell.

  • Convictions for violations of General Statutes § 21a-279 for possession of less than or equal to 4 ounces of a cannabis-type substance imposed before January 1, 2000, and between October 1, 2015, and June 30, 2021.
  • Convictions for violations of General Statutes § 21a-267 (a) for possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia for cannabis imposed before July 1, 2021.
  • Convictions for violations of General Statutes § 21a-277(b) imposed before July 1, 2021, for manufacturing, selling, possessing with intent to sell, or giving or administering to another person a cannabis-type substance and the amount involved was less than or equal to 4 ounces or 6 plants grown inside your home for personal use.

Were there any crimes related to cannabis that disqualified someone from applying as a social equity applicant?

Having a felony conviction does not preclude you from getting a license; however, if you have been convicted of specific crimes, you would be disqualified from being able to register as a backer or key employee.

These include: Money Laundering, Vendor Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Forgery, Bribery, Witness Tampering, Perjury, Telephone Fraud, and Identity Theft, among other fraud-adjacent felonies.

Status of Current Social Equity Program:

Connecticut reserves half of all cannabis business licenses for people from impacted neighborhoods. Additionally, a Social Equity Council has been established to allot half of the industry licenses to equity-qualified applicants​​​.

Social-Equity Council Micro-Cultivator Assistance Program:

  • The Social Equity Council will develop a program to assist Social Equity Applicants in opening two micro-cultivator establishments. The program is still in development and is contingent on current Medical Marijuana Producers converting their licenses to serve the Adult-Use Cannabis market.

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