With all the talk from state to state regarding the legality of cannabis, and what aspects are and are not allowed, it’s no wonder people are often asking this question. But while the specifics do vary across the country, there is a surprisingly simple answer to this question:
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look at the specifics of this matter.
In recent years, there have been many changes to cannabis use and growing laws in most of the United States. As a result, rules vary quite widely, from zero legalization – medical or otherwise – including decriminalization (though only six states fall into that category, as of early 2018), to legalization of both medical and recreational, personal use (eight states plus D.C., to date). The constant discussion and putting forth of cannabis-related bills suggests we’ll continue to see more changes – and therefore more confusion – in the coming months and years.
Good point. Up until now, I’ve been referring to cannabis use, and until recently, most people turned to dispensaries and licensed producers to receive their marijuana products. Many such shops legitimately want what’s best for their customers – they want to provide the public with a natural, comparatively safe alternative to opioids and other medications on the pharmaceutical market that have frightening side effects and alarming addiction rates.
But the advantages to growing your own cannabis plants – which we’ll get to in a minute – have sent many people in search of premium cannabis seeds that will enable them to grow medicine right at home.
The good news is: cannabis seeds are legal! As a seed, cannabis is wholly innocuous, not much different from the hemp seeds everyone has started sprinkling on their cereal (though much more expensive per piece – please don’t eat your cannabis seeds…). For this reason, ungerminated cannabis seeds are legal to buy and own throughout the United States.
Here at Growers Choice, we have never heard of a shipment of our seeds being seized or customers being hassled for ordering cannabis seeds and having them delivered. It might help that our seeds don’t cross any international borders on their way to you, but ultimately (we’ll say it again): cannabis seeds are legal!
That said, there are currently only 17 states in the US where growing your own cannabis plants is legal. Eight of these allow recreational growing, and another nine allow cultivation only by those with medical registration. These are the states:
and the 8 recreational states, obviously.
The odd one out here is Washington, where it seems recreational cannabis use is legal, but only medical card holders can grow their own plants.