Where Can I Buy Cannabis Seeds?
If you’ve ever been interested in growing cannabis at home, then you’ve probably wondered how you would go about buying seeds. Sure, you could wait for the occasional stray to come through your own bud and hope for the best when you plant it, but there’s a better way. There are two reliable ways you can go about buying seeds, depending on where you live.
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You could visit your local dispensary, if you have access to legal marijuana in your state you likely have access to seeds as well. Headshops are also a common way to buy seeds in-person. (Please note however that not all states that have legalized marijuana also have legalized home cultivation.)
On the other hand, you can take a digital approach to making a purchase like we are with most things these days and you can buy them online.
Is it Legal to Buy Cannabis Seeds Online?
The answer to this is a bit of a grey area and it depends on a lot of factors including where you live and where the seeds are coming from. If home growing is legal in your state, then you shouldn’t be concerned about purchasing seeds online.
However, you should keep in mind that cannabis is still considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance according to the federal government, and technically shipping even seeds across state lines is illegal.
The most important thing you can do before growing your own cannabis or buying weed seeds online is to learn your state’s limitations on growing.
Homegrown Cannabis Co.
A California based seed company that offers discreet deliveries, guaranteed, Homegrown Cannabis Co. has some big names behind their seeds. With cultivators like Kyle Kushman, Steve D’Angelo, and Nikki & Swami Chaitanya, and partnerships with the likes of Veterans Cannabis Coalition and yours truly, Leafwell, the company is so confident in their seeds that they offer a germination guarantee. Follow their directions and if your seeds don’t germinate then they will replace your seeds ASAP.
The Attitude Seedbank prides themselves on being the world’s largest cannabis seedbank and they ship worldwide. They carry a wide variety of seeds from hundreds of different brands. Attitude, like most online seedbanks, offers discreet shipping, with the option to require signature for “super discreet” shipping. They also offer a price match policy – but price match purchases must be made over the phone and you need to be able to provide a link to the website where the same seeds are sold at a lower price to get the match.
DC Seed Exchange
The DC Seed Exchange came about with Initiative 71, which took effect in the District of Columbia in 2015 allowing the legal possession, transfer and cultivation of personal amounts of cannabis. They only offer seeds from breeders that have had time to perfect their seeds, offer “souvenir seeds” and donate seeds to veterans and disabled persons and caregivers who are in need.
I Love Growing Marijuana
I Love Growing Marijuana is a unique seedbank in the fact that it was founded by a grower who also offers grow guides, strain reviews and more to help you through the growing process. Founder Robert Bergman started growing cannabis in the 90s in Amsterdam and eventually started his blog to help share his knowledge and his love for growing cannabis. Now you can find deals on seeds along with all your growing tips and tricks the blog has to offer.
Seedsman has been selling cannabis seeds online since 2003. Seedsman is not just a seedbank, however – they also develop their own strains and varieties of cannabis as well. Seedsman has quite a large, worldwide reach, and has even supported the campaign for “Cancards” (medical cannabis cards) in the UK.
Cannabis seed germinating in soil. Author: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Source: Flickr.
Get Your Medical Card to Grow Marijuana Legally
Whether you can grow cannabis at home and how many plants you can grow will greatly depend on where you live. If you’re in the United States, then most states with recreational cannabis laws allow for limited home growing (usually 4-12 plants per household, with some states allowing more if the qualifying physician deems it OK, or if the patient applies for a license to grow more). On the other hand, in states where medical marijuana is legal you would need to get your medical card to grow at home.
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In some states with both medical and recreational laws on the books, medical patients and caregivers are usually allowed to grow more plants than recreational users, so don’t neglect to get your card just because cannabis is legal for adult use in your state.
In many states, Leafwell can help you get your medical marijuana certification and any grower’s certificates required, so you can start growing your own medicine. We walk you through the application process and connect you to a certified physician in your state. If you think you or a loved one could benefit from medical marijuana don’t wait, contact Leafwell today and get relief sooner rather than later.
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Julia Granowicz-Johnson is a freelance writer from Florida with a passion for the cannabis industry. Since 2015 she's covered legalization news and educated medical marijuana patients, caregivers and their families through her work.
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Cannabis in Illinois – Laws, Use, and History
In 2019, Illinois became the eleventh US state to legalise recreational cannabis use. As of 2020, individuals can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flowers, which can be purchased from licenced vendors and dispensaries. Cannabis cultivation is still illegal though, unless it’s for medicinal purposes, and the grower has a Medical Marijuana card.
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Cannabis laws in Illinois
The US is governed by federal and state laws. This article covers the cannabis laws in the state of Illinois. For US federal laws, please visit this page.
Can you possess and use cannabis in Illinois?
In June 2019, Illinois’ Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the bill to legalise recreational cannabis in the state. This makes Illinois the eleventh state in the US to do so. They are also the US’s first state to legalise recreational cannabis through its legislature.
The legalization came into effect on January 1 st , 2020, and all adults aged 21 and older may purchase recreational cannabis from licensed retailers in Illinois. The bill states:
- A medical cannabis card won’t be required to purchase it.
- Using cannabis is permitted in the individual’s home, or on-site in approved cannabis-related premises.
- Use is forbidden in any public place, in a motor vehicle, or on the grounds of an educational establishment. Students with medical marijuana cards may continue to use the drug at school, as per their physician’s guidelines.
- Cannabis use is also forbidden near anyone under the age of 21.
- It’s also forbidden near a police officer, firefighter, corrections officer, or on-duty school bus driver.
Purchase and possession limits for recreational cannabis are slightly different for Illinois residents and non-residents:
- For instate residents, 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of concentrates, or 500 mg of cannabis-infused edibles, can be purchased.
- Non-residents can purchase 15 grams of cannabis flower, 2.5 grams of concentrate, or 250 mg of cannabis-infused products.
Illinois’ government has proposed tax rates on cannabis purchases. For cannabis flowers or other products containing under 35% of THC, there will be a 10% sales tax. Products infused with cannabis (such as tinctures or edibles) will have a 20% tax. Any other cannabis product with THC levels of over 35% will come with a 25% tax. Individual counties and cities in Illinois may also add extra local sales taxes.
The legislation proposes that the tax revenue will be used to regenerate poorer communities. When speaking about the changes to the law, Gov. Pritzker commented: “Legalising adult-use cannabis brings an important and overdue change to our state, and it’s the right thing to do.”
Existing criminal records for cannabis possession
In addition to legalising recreational cannabis, the new law may also expunge cannabis-possession criminal records for 800,000 people in the state.
Anyone with an existing conviction for possessing under 30 grams of cannabis will have their records sent to a Prisoner Review Board. Once reviewed, they’ll be passed on to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a pardon. Providing the offences aren’t connected with a violent crime, the record will be expunged.
Can you sell cannabis in Illinois?
Previously, only patients holding a valid Medical Cannabis card could purchase medicinal cannabis in Illinois. On June 25, 2019, Illinois made history by becoming the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis. Since the 1 st of January, 2020, adults aged 21 and older may purchase recreational cannabis from licensed retailers in Illinois.
Indeed, the early signs are promising. In September 2020, recreational cannabis sales hit a record high, with close to $64 million worth of the drug being sold in the previous month alone. In 2020, total sales reached $1.03 billion, including $669 million in recreational cannabis and more than $366 million in medicinal purchases.
In May 2021, according to the state of Illinois, throughout the 110 licensed dispensaries, over 2.5 million cannabis products were sold. State residents accounted for approximately $80 million, and sales increased from out of state residents who spent close to $37 million on cannabis related products.
MJBizDaily estimates that as many as 295 stores could be up and running by 2022, which would be 2.3 stores per 100,000 residents.
Kris Krane, one of the founders and president of 4Front Holdings, commented: “It’s a state of 13 million people with a very large tourist population in the Chicago area, so I think the business opportunities are huge.”
Can you grow cannabis in Illinois?
Unlike other US states that have legalised recreational cannabis, Illinois will not be legalising personal cannabis cultivation. It will remain illegal to grow cannabis plants at home (even in limited numbers), unless the grower is a medicinal cannabis patient. If the individual has a Medical Marijuana card, they can grow up to five plants at a time.
If caught cultivating up to five cannabis plants at home (without a medical ID card), the offender will be given a civil penalty of $200. Growing five to 20 plants is regarded as a felony, and is punishable with a one to six-year prison sentence, plus a fine of $25,000. 20 to 50 plants can result in a prison term of two to 10 years, and the same fine, and if caught growing 50 to 200 plants, the prison sentence is raised to three to 14 years, and a $100,000 fine. Over 200 plants will result in a four to 30-year prison term, plus a $100,000 fine.
From the start of 2020, licences will be gradually issued to companies in the state. These will be ‘craft growers’, who can apply for licences to cultivate as much as 5,000 square feet of cannabis crops.
Is CBD legal in Illinois?
The law is slightly ambiguous when it comes to CBD products. In Illinois, CBD is technically legal, as the state’s Cannabis Control Act (which set up a hemp research pilot programme) permitted the cultivation of industrial hemp. The federal Farm Bill also made hemp cultivation legal across the country.
As such, CBD products are widely sold in Illinois, and can be legally purchased and used, but there are certain ‘grey areas’, particularly regarding CBD-infused edibles.
Can cannabis seeds be sent to Illinois?
Cannabis seeds can be legally purchased and sold in the state. However, they must be ungerminated, as cultivation is still illegal. Sending cannabis seeds through the post can also be legally problematic (especially if the package passes through other states where the seeds are banned). Anecdotal reports claim that some seed parcels have been held at customs.
Medicinal cannabis in Illinois
Surprisingly, Illinois could have been one of the US’s first states to legalise medicinal cannabis use. In 1978, it passed the Cannabis Control Act, but in order for the law to fully come into force, the Human Services department and the State Police needed to take action. Neither did so, which meant that medicinal cannabis didn’t become legal until many years later.
In 2013, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was passed. This legalised medicinal cannabis use, but only in extremely tightly controlled circumstances. The programme was signed into law in the same year, making Illinois the 20 th state to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Illinois has a long list of health conditions that have been approved for medicinal cannabis treatment. These include:
In order to qualify for medicinal cannabis treatment in Illinois, the patient must be over 18 (or if a minor, must have an adult caregiver and certification from two physicians). They must also be a resident of the state and must have been formally diagnosed with one of the listed conditions.
Industrial hemp in Illinois
After the Farm Bill was passed at federal level (legalising hemp cultivation), the US states swiftly began to pass state laws, permitting farmers to grow hemp in their region.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, together with Illinois Department of Agriculture, opened up licencing in April 2019. In the first two days, 350 applications had been received, from farmers and processors wanting to start planting the crop.
“Industrial hemp is a potentially billion-dollar industry that Illinois will now take part in,” Pritzker commented. “This will have a massive impact on our state’s economy.”
Good to know
If you are travelling to Illinois (or currently live there), you may be interested to know the following:
- Illinois’ medicinal cannabis programme has proven to be lucrative for the state. In 2018, dispensary sales generated $133 million, and patient enrolment rose by 66%.
- In Chicago, 74% of citizens supported the legalisation of recreational cannabis.
- In September 2019, Chicago hosts its first industrial cannabis expo.
In 1931, Illinois was one of the earlier US states to ban recreational cannabis use; six years before the national prohibition law was passed. This anti-cannabis stance was maintained for several decades, though the rise of hippy culture in the 1960s challenged the status quo.
The situation started to change in 1978, when the state passed the Cannabis Control Act. This sought to legalise medical cannabis use, providing the State Police and Department of Human Services created the necessary drug policies to manage the new law. Neither department did so, and as such, the Cannabis Control Act never came into action.
In 2013, Illinois became the 20 th state in the country to legalise medicinal cannabis use. Then, in 2019, it became the eleventh state to legalise recreational use too.
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Attitudes towards cannabis
Attitudes towards cannabis in Illinois are relatively positive. In a recent study, 74.4% of people expressed support for legalising recreational cannabis, with only 21% opposing it. In the 35 and under age group, 83% supported it. Although the age group with the least support was 66 years and over, they still demonstrated majority support – 51%.
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I was a typical pothead till 2020. Since then, I’m a typical grower, I have my medical card. It’s not a weed, its a flower, technically….