Connecticut has increased its monthly allotments for patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program.

The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Drug Control Division’s Medical Marijuana Program has increased the allotments for qualified patients from 3 ounces to 3.5 ounces of cannabis per month, according to a department press release.

The increase is based on DCP’s evaluation of Connecticut’s medical cannabis market and is an effort to increase patient access, according to the press release.

Under the new rules, patients can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis per transaction but can purchase a total of 3.5 ounces each month.

DCP will continue to evaluate Connecticut’s medical cannabis market to determine whether additional increases to patient allotments are needed, according to the press release.

Additional changes to the state’s cannabis laws took effect in October to change smoking restrictions and allow patients to grow their own cannabis plants at home.

Connecticut became the 19th state to legalize adult-use cannabis in June 2021, and retail sales are expected to launch in May 2022.