United States: Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection publishes policies and procedures for the regulation of cannabis for adult use
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On October 1, 2021, the Department of Consumer Protection (the “Department”) issued policies and procedures relating to the regulation of cannabis for adult use (the “Regulations”) in accordance with Public Law 21-1. The Regulations outline the operational requirements and restrictions of the Adult Program, including the parameters under which persons and businesses authorized by the Ministry will operate. The Regulations also set out policies regarding consumer protection, including product quality, marketing / advertising restrictions, guarantees for minors and product safety against diversion. The Regulations will come into force on October 16, 2021.
The Regulations do not currently provide information on the application process or requirements, nor do they specify the timing of the application process. However, according to its website, it is expected that the Ministry will publish the applications over the next few months, pending further guidance from the Social Equity Council, the administrative body responsible, among other things, for creating standards. fairness measurement, oversee the verification of fairness claimants, and establish policies and programs to promote and encourage full participation in the cannabis industry by those in communities who have been disproportionately harmed by the prohibition and law enforcement. While many questions remain with respect to the application requirements and the scoring criteria the Department will use to assess applicants, the enactment of these regulations is an encouraging indication that progress is well underway.
The Rules are available here.
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