Buying cannabis seeds online in the United States is same as buying anything over the internet, apart from one small thing – it can land you in jail. Yes, while some states have legalized cannabis completely, and some have legalized it for medical use only, there are still a number of states in which everything related to cannabis is still illegal. So any search for cannabis seeds online should be preceded by a search of your state’s legislature, to make sure you’re not breaking any laws by buying cannabis seeds and, of course, growing them.
That’s not the only thing you need to do and know to safely buy cannabis seeds online in the US. You’ll need to find a reliable supplier that ships to your state and has a proven track record, and you’ll need to observe all the other best practices when buying things online. But before all that, you should learn about legal status of cannabis in the US.
Legality is Key
More and more states are decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana. While most of them are still doing it for medical use only, it still gives hope to recreational users that they too will one day be able to enjoy a toke or two without having to break the law. Some states have gone a step further and legalized cannabis entirely, although there are always some restrictions to the quantities you can possess and grow. Those states are:
- District of Columbia which is not a state, but has still legalized marijuana.
There states and the district have the most liberal cannabis laws in the United States, but if you live in any of them you should make sure to check out whether it’s legal to buy seeds or grow marijuana if it’s not for medical purposes. It can be a bit tricky, but luckily, NORML has all the information you might need.
Next tier in cannabis reform is decriminalization coupled with allowing medical use. What exactly decriminalization means is always a little bit fuzzy, but in general, it should mean that if caught by the police with marijuana in your possession, it wouldn’t be treated as a felony as long as you have less than the prescribed amount and it’s your first time getting caught. Those states are:
Next are the states which have allowed only medical marijuana use:
- New York
- Rhode Island
Then there are the states where possession has been decriminalized only:
- New Mexico
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Caroline
And if you haven’t found your state in any of these lists, it means only one thing – you’re completely screwed. You’re probably screwed if you live in the states where possession is only decriminalized, because growing is a completely different thing, but feel free to check. If you live in the states where medical marijuana is legal, then you might have some chance of growing your own. You get the picture, right? The more liberal your state, the more chances you have to be able to buy the seeds and grow your own. So make sure you know where your state stands on the whole thing.
Knowing What To Look For
What kind of marijuana do you like the best? Are you a Sativa person or an Indica person? Do you want to grow your pot outdoors or indoors? How experienced are you with growing weed anyway? These are all important questions you need to ask yourself when choosing the strain of cannabis you want to buy, which is the next step you’ll take when buying cannabis seeds in the US. You need to know what to look for.
Knowing Where To Look For
Finding a good supplier takes time and effort. Luckily, you have all the information on the internet to help you choose the right one. If you want to go for international suppliers, and who doesn’t want to grow those strains they developed in Netherlands, make sure they ship to the US. Check for payment options, especially when buying from abroad, because you won’t be able to pay using prepaid cards. Always look up the reputation of the seller, this is paramount. Check whether the shop bills you discretely and offers discrete packaging because even if it’s legal to buy the seeds in your state, it’s always a good idea not to draw too much attention to yourself.
Once you’ve done all of that, and purchased your seeds, the waiting can begin. Patience pays off though, and before you know it, you’ll have the seeds in your hands, and the real work can start – growing the seeds into the beautiful, THC laden plants. But remember – legality is key, good choice of strain is very important, and a reliable and reputable seed shop is an absolute must.