A host of new laws are scheduled to take effect Thursday. The most notable is a law that allows adults 21 and older to legally possess small quantities of marijuana. It marks the first step in Connecticut's move toward a legalized system. It's likely going to take at least a year before an industry is up and running.
Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and his colleagues have all received a multi-page training bulletin from the Police Officer Standards and Training Council outlining the complicated new recreational cannabis law. Among other things, the bulletin highlights how cannabis and hemp will now be included with tobacco when it comes to locations where smoking is not allowed, ranging from restaurants to partially enclosed bus shelters.
The odor of cannabis or burnt cannabis shall not constitute probable cause or a reasonable suspicion for police to stop and/or search any person or their vehicle. However, officers may test for impairment if there’s reasonable suspicion the driver and/or passenger are under the influence of marijuana.