Virtually all psychedelic substances are illegal in the state of Connecticut — and there’s no indication this is going to change within the next 12 months.
Here, we’ll explore the current legal climate (including the state of decriminalization of psychedelics) in the state of Connecticut.
Summary: The State of Psychedelics in Connecticut
- ❌ Psychedelics are not yet legal in Connecticut, but lawmakers recently passed HB 5396, approving psilocybin research and a pilot program.
- ✅ Marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational consumption.
- ❌ Synthetic psychedelics (DMT, ketamine, MDMA, 2C-B, etc,) remain strictly prohibited in CT.
Psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) is an illegal substance in the state of Connecticut.
Law Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-279 specifies no difference in the amount you are caught with.
Possessing psilocybin is considered a felony. If the police catch you, you can face up to 5 years in prison or up to $2000 in fines.
If it’s not your first time committing a drug crime, charges are doubled, as you can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison or receive fines of up to $5000.
Related: Where are magic mushrooms legal?
Do Magic Mushrooms Grow Wild in Connecticut?
Magic mushrooms grow wild all over the world, including Connecticut. Here, you can find many species of wild magic mushrooms.
The most common species of psilocybin-containing mushrooms in Connecticut:
A lot of this research comes from organizations such as Johns Hopkins Medicine, Harvard, NGOs such as MAPS, and companies such as Compass Pathways.
No. Despite an impressive safety profile and clear medicinal benefits, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is illegal in the state of Connecticut.
Connecticut imposes stiff penalties for possessing this substance. The penalties for selling acid goes up to 15 years in prison or fines of up to $50,000.
Also known as ecstasy and molly, MDMA is an illegal substance that produces stimulant and empathogenic effects.
Molly is a party drug but also has clear medicinal benefits. It’s on the brink of being legalized across the entire United States for the treatment of PTSD (in a clinical setting).
Possession of MDMA illegally could result in up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $2000.
Ketamine is an anesthetic for clinical use. It’s also used in ketamine clinics for the treatment of depression and PTSD.
Unlike the substances mentioned above, ketamine is a schedule III controlled substance, so the penalties for simple possession are lighter. Generally, those caught with small amounts of ketamine won’t go to jail.
What’s the Difference Between Legalization & Decriminalization
Legalization and decriminalization are two terms that are erroneously used as synonyms.
The term decriminalization refers to significantly reducing penalties for a crime. On the other hand, legalization is taking it a step further, completely removing any legal consequences for an activity previously considered a crime.
Key Takeaways: What’s the Future of Psychedelics in Connecticut?
Connecticut doesn’t show much of an interest in changing drug laws. However, there’s a strong shift in people’s awareness about the use of certain substances.
This is thanks to all the medical advances that have been made throughout this century regarding psychedelic therapy. Perhaps, in Connecticut, the laws will take time to change. However, we are hopeful that sooner or later, they will.