Where in the world is it legal for people to grow cannabis? Who can grow weed? Get the laws about medical marijuana for your country and/or state, as well as laws about recreational cannabis. We’ll be adding to this list as more places legalize marijuana cultivation.
Get marijuana home grow laws for…
- South Africa
- United States (these parts have legalized cannabis cultivation for adults, click for details)
- New York
- New Mexico
- Northern Mariana Islands
South Dakota(currently suspended by court order)
- Washington, DC (District of Columbia)
FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, I AM NOT A LAWYER OR LEGAL EXPERT ON CANNABIS GROWING LAWS. PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND CONSULT A LAWYER BEFORE YOU START GROWING WEED. SOMETIMES LAWS CHANGE AND NOT ALWAYS IN A GOOD WAY.
Canada passed Bill C-45, or the Cannabis Act, which legalized personal use and cultivation of cannabis for all adults! Storefronts opened on October 17, 2018. The bill makes marijuana legal but lets each province set age limits (typically between 18-21) and other restrictions, including whether cannabis can be legally sold in retail stores.
- The federal law allows adults to grow up to 4 cannabis plants per household. Congratulations Canada for sensible growing policies!
Learn more about cannabis legalization in Canada (Government of Canada Website)
In 2018, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that the country’s ban on cannabis is unconstitutional. This ruling applies to personal possession, private use, and home cultivation. It also allows sharing. As of May 2021, some progress has been made towards a federal legalization bill, but stalled. There may be a special legislative session to address the issue after the elections in June 2021. Stay tuned!
The highest court in South Africa ruled in September 2018 that is legal for adult citizens over the age of 18 to use, possess, and cultivate cannabis, as long as everything is private and the cannabis is used for personal consumption. As of yet, there are no clear rules about what counts as private and it’s up to police discretion to determine whether someone’s plants are being grown privately or not. Although cultivation has been declared legal, there are no set rules about plant limits, and it’s recommended to only grow as much as you can personally use yourself. It is still illegal to sell cannabis.
Durban Poison (one of my favorite strains) originated in South Africa!
Medical marijuana was legalized in 2018. The health minister announced in March 2021 that Thai households are legally allowed to grow six cannabis plants to supplement their income. However, recreational use is still banned and all cannabis produced must be sent to a state medical facility. A good step, but still a ways to go.
While cannabis is illegal at the federal level in the USA, many states have enacted various levels of legalization. It is extremely rare for individual people to be targeted by federal law enforcement if they are legal in their own state, however IT IS POSSIBLE.
I highly recommend the Marijuana Moment newsletter to stay up to date with the latest legalization news in the United States. NORML is another great source of current news about U.S. cannabis legalization.
In December 2013, Uruguay became the first federal government in the world to legalize cannabis for adults (recreational weed) in the modern era.
- Cultivation of up to six plants at home is allowed.
Learn more about cannabis laws in Uruguay on Wikipedia (Not official)
PLEASE NOTE THAT LAWS CHANGE, AND SOMETIMES NOT IN A GOOD WAY. PLEASE CONSULT A LAWYER BEFORE GROWING CANNABIS.