Cannabis ‘offered’ is now subject to a $1,000 fine in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The practice of exchanging cannabis or cannabis-related products for donations or other purchases — known as “gifts” — could now drive a high price in Connecticut.

Under legislation signed last week by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, cities can fine residents up to $1,000 for offering a cannabis plant or related products.

The state also has the power to impose fines of $1,000 for not paying state sales taxes on scholarships.

Unregulated cannabis bazaars have been popping up across the state since the drug was legalized last year. Thousands of people attended the events, often paying admission fees, and redeemed cannabis-related products for other items or received them with the purchase of an item such as a t-shirt.

The Connecticut Post reports that cannabis advocates say the bill penalizes people for doing something that is now legal in the state. Proponents of the legislation say it still allows friends and family to gift cannabis as long as no money is exchanged.

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