Conn. Gen. Stat. § 47a-9a

Current through legislation from 2024 effective through May 9, 2024.
Section 47a-9a - Discrimination in renting based on past cannabis conviction prohibited; possession of cannabis
(a) As used in this section, "tenant", "landlord" and dwelling unit" have the same meanings as provided in section 47a-1 of the general statutes. Except as provided in this section, a landlord or property manager may not refuse to rent to a prospective tenant or an existing tenant, or otherwise discriminate against a prospective tenant or an existing tenant, based on a past conviction for possession of a cannabis-type substance under section 21a-279a of the general statutes, or for a past conviction for possession of four or fewer ounces of cannabis plant material, and any equivalencies and combinations thereof, pursuant to subsection (i) of section 21a-279a of the general statutes in any other jurisdiction.
(b) Except as provided in this section, in the case of the rental of a dwelling unit, a landlord or property manager may not prohibit the possession of cannabis or the consumption of cannabis, except a landlord or property manager may prohibit smoking of cannabis or use of an electronic cannabis device or cannabis vapor product, as such terms are defined in section 19a-342a of the general statutes.
(c) A landlord or property manager may not require a tenant to submit to a drug test.
(d) The provisions of this section do not apply if:
(1) The tenant is a roomer who is not leasing the entire residence;
(2) the residence is incidental to detention or the provision of medical, geriatric, educational, counseling, religious, or similar service;
(3) The residence is a transitional housing or sober living facility; or
(4) Failing to prohibit cannabis possession or consumption or failure to require a drug test would violate federal law or regulations or cause the landlord to lose a monetary or licensing-related benefit under federal law or regulations.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 47a-9a

Added by P.A. 21-0001,S. 90 of the Connecticut Acts of the 2021 Special Session, eff. 7/1/2022.