Are Cannabis Seeds Legal?
The marijuana industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States. However, the state and federal cannabis laws often contradict each other. Due to the complicated nature of these laws, most beginner cannabis growers might be wondering whether cannabis seeds are legal countrywide. This article will cover everything aspiring and veteran cannabis growers need to know about how and where to buy cannabis seeds legally.
Are Cannabis Seeds Legal in the United States?
Cannabis seeds that are not germinated are legal in the United States as they are not considered drugs. The government recognizes that the seeds can be purchased for other uses such as bird food, fishing bait, preservation, and as souvenirs and not necessarily for growing marijuana. However, cannabis products are illegal under federal law.
But are cannabis seeds legal in all the states? The simple answer is yes. Anyone can buy cannabis seeds or “weed seeds” throughout all of the United States. However, each state has different laws, and in some states, cannabis is strictly illegal. There are some states where cannabis growers require licenses to grow cannabis for commercial purposes and allow the growth of a limited number of cannabis plants for personal use without approval. Therefore, growers must have licenses to buy cannabis seeds legally.
Where To Buy Cannabis Seeds
There are many seed banks in the United States. Seed banks have a variety of seeds from different breeders. It is easy to buy seeds from local seed banks. If a grower buys seeds from a state which has legalized cannabis seeds, there are zero chances of facing legal consequences.
There are also many world-renowned seed banks in Europe and other countries. Cannabis growers and other people interested in cannabis seeds can order them online.
When buying from seed banks outside the US, the Customs and Border Protection will seize any seeds they find even if they entered from a country where cannabis seeds are legal. Growers should ensure that they buy seeds from a reputable seed bank when they are buying online. The seed bank should be capable of shipping to various states and know how to ship discretely to prevent detection and confiscation of the seeds. If the seeds are seized, the firm should refund the money or send another package.
Types of Cannabis Seeds Available
Regular Cannabis Seeds
Regular seeds are conceived naturally by a female plant and a male plant. There is a 50/50 chance that the plants they produce will be male or female. They are not valuable for producing buds rich in cannabinoids but are useful for breeding purposes. Some growers believe that plants grown from regular seeds have more robust genetics, provide superior clones, are more tolerant to stress, and show more explosive growth than feminized plants.
Feminized Cannabis Seeds
Feminized seeds produce only female plants. A female plant is conditioned to produce pollen needed for seed production. Feminized seeds produce buds that are rich in cannabinoids such as CBD and CBG. They typically produce photoperiod plants that flower depending on the light cycle. Using feminized seeds eliminates the unnecessary work of maintaining male plants. Feminized seeds give abundant yields that are of high quality.
Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds
Autoflowering seeds produce plants that flower automatically. Plants grown from autoflowering seeds automatically shift from the vegetative phase to the flowering stage when they reach a certain age, rather than the ratio of light to dark hours as in photoperiod strains. Autoflowering seeds can produce multiple harvests in one season as they have a faster growth cycle. They are most suitable for beginner growers because they are easy to maintain. They are resilient and can survive in harsh weather and extreme temperatures. Their small size is ideal for clandestine growers. Autoflowering seeds produce plants that are difficult to clone and typically form buds with lower cannabinoid content than photoperiod plants.
The Bottom Line
Cannabis seeds are not drugs and do not contain any narcotic components. However, marijuana plants can be grown from these seeds. In some states where cannabis is illegal, people can buy seeds as long as they can prove that they don’t intend to germinate them. The complicated nature of cannabis laws means there are no guarantees on the legality of cannabis seeds in these states.