On May 5th of 2012, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed the passage of House Bill 5389. When this bill was enacted on June 1st, 2012, the State of Connecticut allowed its patients with approved medical conditions the option of using medicinal marijuana as a legal treatment option within state borders.

Chapter 420F of Connecticut Statutes provides the restrictions and regulations of “Palliative Use of Marijuana.” Included in these rules and regulations are limitations on possession and dispensing of marijuana, approved conditions for treatment using marijuana, and many other regulatory concerns.

Section 21a-408h (G) specifically applies to the laws governing dispensaries with regard to storage and security. Section 21a-408h (G) mandates establishing a “health, safety, and security for licensed dispensaries, which may include, but not be limited to  (i) the ability to maintain adequate control against diversion, theft, and loss of marijuana acquired by the licensed dispensary, and (ii) the ability to maintain the knowledge, understanding, judgment, procedures, security, controls and ethics to ensure optimal safety and accuracy in the distributing, dispensing, and use of palliative marijuana.”

The state of Connecticut also mandates in Chapter 420F that marijuana was to be rescheduled from a Schedule I narcotic to a Schedule II narcotic. Connecticut adheres strictly to Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) law with regard to storage and containment of medicinal marijuana and all other scheduled narcotics. DEA regulations under Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 1301 specify that, in the instance of small amounts of the drug permit, a safe or steel cabinet may be used. The safe or cabinet must provide;

  • 30 man -minutes against surreptitious entry
  • 10 man-minutes against forced entry
  • 20 man-hours against lock manipulation
  • 20 man-hours against radiological techniques

The Code also states that if a safe or steel cabinet weighs less than 750 lbs., it must be bolted or cemented to the floor in such a way that it cannot be removed. Depending on the quantity and type of the substance(s) being stored, the safe or cabinet must be equipped with an alarm system which, upon attempted break-in, shall transmit a signal directly to a central protection company or State police agency which has a legal duty to respond, or a 24-hour control station operated by the registrant, or such other protection.