The Sensi Seed Bank of Amsterdam is one of the oldest and most famous banks in the city. They have two locations and have been in business for over 20 years. Furthermore, they are owned by the same people who run the Cannabis Museum and the Cannabis College nearby.
If you’ve yet to visit Amsterdam and were just thinking that you would just buy some weed instead and take the seeds from there, think again. Pretty much 100% of the weed in Amsterdam is sinsemilla (AKA seedless), and even if you found some that had some seeds it would probably be the last variety you’d want to go through all that trouble to grow yourself.
Finding seed banks in Amsterdam
Ironically, the sale of cannabis seeds in the Netherlands is completely legal, so quite a few storefront operations exist, especially in Amsterdam. Many of these same businesses also sell online, as do many other seed banks, as these places are known, so there has been a shift away from physical retail stores and toward online sales. In other words, some seed banks are closing down their stores, so it’s hard to keep track of them.
Is it illegal to bring cannabis seeds back into the United States? You bet. It’s also illegal to bring them into the UK and Canada, last we heard, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it every day.
Still, this isn’t something to be taken lightly, and you may even notice that the Customs people will emphasize the word SEEDS when they ask you if you’ve brought back any meat or weapons or radioactive materials or seeds and so forth.
The same is true for buying cannabis seeds in another country. It may sound like a great idea to buy cannabis seeds while visiting one of the world-renowned marijuana seed banks that exist in places such as the Netherlands or the United Kingdom. But when you re-enter the U.S. with your goods, Customs and Border Protection will seize any seeds they find, even if your plane landed in a state where they are legal. Again, it goes back to marijuana being illegal under federal law.
In addition to studying your state’s regulations, you should also join local cannabusiness groups and meet with a local cannabis business attorney for assistance. There is no such thing as going into the marijuana business too prepared. Once you are ready to take the step of legally buying cannabis seeds, you have a few options to choose from.
Thinking about starting your own cannabusiness? You are not alone. From CBD to medical marijuana to edibles, legal cannabis has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, with few signs of slowing down any time soon.
How Much Do Cannabis Seeds Cost?
If you live in a state that permits the sale of marijuana seeds, your best bet is to shop locally for high-quality seeds. This means visiting a dispensary, local farmers market, or seed company in your state to make your purchase. There, you can get the in-person help you need to make your purchase legally.
It is also an option to buy cannabis seeds online from an online seed bank and then have the seeds shipped to you, so long as you are abiding by state law. The risk here is that your package could still be confiscated. While it is unlikely that you would face criminal charges, there is no guarantee because of the way federal law treats marijuana products.
Here are a couple of other factors to keep in mind about the legality of cannabis seeds:
In the United States, cannabis seeds cannot cross state lines because marijuana products are still illegal under federal law. Though rare, transporting the products across state lines could result in federal criminal charges. This is true even if you are purchasing cannabis seeds in a state that authorizes it and entering a state that also authorizes it.
Shopping in another country is always a ton of fun, especially in a country with as many amazing souvenirs as the Netherlands. However, before going on a shopping spree, travelers should know which products from the Netherlands can be taken back to their home country and which won’t make it past the customs check. Food, alcohol, and flowers are some of the most popular souvenirs that tourists want to bring back to the United States, and while they are allowed, there are strict import restrictions on these items.
Good news: Most of the Dutch food and ingredients that visitors come to know and love on their trip are allowed to be imported into the United States. This includes baked items like the iconic stroopwafels (syrup wafers); sweets, like the classic Dutch drop (licorice), and chocolate; peanut butter, or pindakaas; coffee, from the rare and exotic kopi luwak to favorite Dutch supermarket brands; and even cheese. Cheese must be vacuum-packed to make it through customs, a service that most cheese shops offer for international visitors. Unpasteurized or raw milk cheeses are prohibited, but the popular cheese varieties in the Netherlands—like Gouda and Edam—are fine.