Seven months into the legal recreational marijuana landscape, Connecticut’s previously underground cannabis community is enjoying public consumption parties where growers show off flower specimens in what they believe is a gray area in the law.
Groups such as the CT CannaWarriors, High Bazaar and the New England Craft Cannabis Alliance, which have been advocating for years for full legalization as nearby states, including Massachusetts, opened recreational sales, now sponsor a weekly out-in-the-open vendor assembly and smoke-in on private property in Hamden.
And if people want to take home small plastic baggies of dried marijuana flowers, gummies or chocolates, that’s between them and the exhibitors, under the rubric of “gifting.”
“They seem to be using the gifting mechanism quite effectively,” said Hamden Mayor Lauren Garrett, noting that the town has a task force preparing to support the local sales — and taxing — of recreational marijuana.
“In general, I am glad that the state of Connecticut passed the cannabis bill. The cannabis bill did leave this window where it is legal with the mechanism of gifting. We can’t tax cannabis at this point.”
Garrett said the benefits of supporting the budding cannabis industry go beyond the extra revenue that host communities will see. [Read more at CT Insider]