Complete State-by-State Guide for Growing Marijuana Legally
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A common question for medical cannabis patients and even recreational users is whether growing marijuana is allowed in the state they live. Cannabis laws differ by state (1), with some allowing home cultivation while others don’t.
Though cannabis is still federally illegal in the US (considered as a Schedule 1 substancee), many states has legalized its possession and cultivation for valid medical purposes and adult use. Below is a helpful guide we put together outlining the marijuana cultivation status for states that legalized medical marijuana:
Alaska approved recreational marijuana in 2014 that granted adults over the age of 21 to grow no more than six marijuana plants at home, of which not more than three plants may be mature. If you are living in a residence with two adults over 21, you can grow a total of 12 plants, with 6 of them flowering.
Patients or the primary caregivers may legally possess not more than an ounce of marijuana. The state run a confidential patient registry which issues identification card for patients qualified.
See here (2) for more details on Alaska.
Patients or their registered caregivers may possess up to 2.5 ounce of marijuana for 14 days from a registered non-profit marijuana dispensary. If you are living more than 25 miles from the nearest medical marijuana dispensary, you may grow up to 12 plants in an indoor facility.
See here (3) for more details on Arizona.
Medical marijuana growers in California got the best deal among all US states. But you have to qualify as a registered medical marijuana grower in order to legally grow dozens of marijuana plant. You will need a doctor’s recommendation along with a government-issued identification card to qualify.
Qualified growers are permitted to have not more than 8 ounces of cannabis. Some counties in California have banned marijuana growing. But under the new medical marijuana law, a California patient may be allowed 100 square feet for cultivation. If you are a designated caregiver for several patients (maximum of 5 patients), you are allowed to cultivate 500 square feet for planting.
Growers are also allowed to be given compensation for out-of-pocket cultivation-related expenses. Although nobody is still certain how the new California cannabis laws will be enforced but one can plant 20 mature cannabis plants in a 100 square feet space and nearly 100 mature plant into a 500 square feet lot.
See here (4) for more details on California.
Adults over 21 are legally allowed to grow six marijuana plants, but only 3 of these plants should be flowering or mature at one time. Those who want to exercise their right to grow are permitted to share not more than one ounce with other adults.
A patient or designated caregiver must qualify for a medical marijuana certification and possess a medical marijuana registry identification card in order to carry not more than two ounces of marijuana and a maximum of six plants.
Possession of one ounce of usable marijuana is allowed in Colorado, but anything more and you’ll be charged of felony or misdemeanour. People who refuse to join the registry or hold greater weight of marijuana may dispute the ‘affirmative defence of medical necessity, if ever they get arrested on marijuana charges.
It is important to note that municipalities and counties can impose stricter law. For instance, Denver City limits home grows to 12 plants even if more than three adults over 21 are living in a residence.
See here (5) for more details on Colorado.
District of Columbia
Under Initiative 71, adults over 21 may grow six marijuana plants, with not more three flowering plants at any time in their residence. Not-for-profit transactions that involve small amounts of cannabis are also allowed.
See here (6) for more details on District of Columbia
A patient must register in a medical marijuana program, together with a physician recommendation, if they intend to grow their own plant. Patients may cultivate an ‘adequate supply’, which means you are allowed to grow seven plants, whether mature or immature, and possess no more than 4 ounces of usable marijuana.
A qualifying patient could assign a caregiver on their application to have seven plants, mature or immature, on their behalf. However, a caregiver can only grow for one patient. When growing marijuana, each plant must be tagged with 329 card number and the expiration date.
Under the Act 241, a caregiver’s ability to grow medical marijuana on behalf of the patient is no longer allowed after December 31, 2018, except for minor patients or adults living in an island without a dispensary or those lacking legal capacity.
See here (7) for more details on Hawaii.
Thanks to the recent passing of recreational marijuana in Maine, adults over 21 are now allowed to grow 12 plants in their home, with only 6 of the 12 plants may be mature or flowering.
Growers can also store unlimited amount of marijuana seedlings. The plants can be grown indoor or outdoor, but outdoor plants should not be visible from the sky or from public road. This means, it must be grown in an enclosed or covered facility.
Each plant should be tagged with the grower’s identification number or driver’s license number. Patients may legally possess 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.
See here (8) for more details on Maine.
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