Breeders talk about “unstable genetics,” meaning that a seed’s origin is unknown. Make sure that when you buy a packet of seeds that it or the breeder who produced them can list where the seeds came from and how they were crossed and/or backcrossed to get the seed that you hold in your hand. If you can’t get a seed’s history, it could be anything and the result of poor breeding practices.
Dispensary staff should be able to give you information on the seeds they’re selling, but keep in mind that a lot of dispensaries focus on selling flower and end-products. It’s a good idea to call ahead and talk to staff to see if they are knowledgeable about seeds and can give you specific information on growing.
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When you grow any amount of seeds, a percentage of them won’t germinate, even if you get them from a reputable breeder. Always count on a few not germinating or dying off, or roughly 1/4 of the total you put in the ground.
Marijuana seeds are considered a cannabis product just like flower, edibles, and concentrates. Their legality depends on which state you live in. People living in states with adult-use legalization can buy, produce, and sell seeds within their own state, but seeds can’t cross state lines. People living in states with medical marijuana legalization can only buy seeds if they have a medical card.
Before you purchase seeds online, you’ll need to figure out what strain you want to grow and what breeder you want to buy from.
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.
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.
It’s Best to Shop Local, but Buying Online Is an Option
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.
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State law governs if and how you can operate your cannabis growing business, and each state takes a slightly different approach. Your state may offer a large number of permits with few prerequisites, a small number of permits with an extensive application process, or something in between.
Your Main Takeaway
To a lot of people’s surprise – cannabis seeds are actually legal to have, buy, sell and trade in the UK. It is even legal to purchase seeds over the counter in some leading UK shops – and you can actually post to and from to a UK address if you like.
In the cold light of day the legal status of selling and purchasing cannabis seeds in the UK is simple in theory – however as with anything that relates to cannabis, it’s a little bit more ambiguous when it comes to the actual practice.
Cannabis seeds are actually legal to have, buy, sell and trade in the UK
Does this then make it difficult for law enforcement to know whether or not you are planning to use the seeds to grow marijuana – or if you are using them for a perfectly acceptable reason such as fishing? In short, yes. As with everything, there is an element of subjectivity that can come with the law enforcement of possession of cannabis seeds.
If you do plan on selling cannabis seeds, it’s really important that you emphasise to any prospective customers that the germination of the seed or the growing of marijuana is not legal in the UK to make sure you are covered.
Although the law may seem a little murky and confusing when it comes to the purchasing and sale of cannabis seeds – it is actually quite clear cut in most respects. The liability of purchasing or selling cannabis seeds in the United Kingdom depends on what the intent is whether you are the seller or the purchaser.