Where is is legal to for you 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 cultivate!
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THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. LAWS CHANGE (AND NOT ALWAYS IN A POSITIVE WAY). WE ARE NOT LAWYERS AND THIS ISN’T LEGAL ADVICE. PLEASE CONSULT A LAWYER BEFORE YOU START GROWING!
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.
Learn more about cannabis legalization in Canada (Government of Canada Website)
While cannabis is illegal at the federal level, 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. Read current news from NORML about cannabis legalization in the US.
Here are the laws for cannabis in the United States:
Cannabis is Legal for Adults & Growing is Legal
- Alaska – Adults (21+) may grow up to six marijuana plants (no more than three mature) for non-commercial purposes. Learn more.
- California – Proposition 64 permits adults over 21 years of age who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to legally grow (up to six plants, including all of the harvest from those plants). Learn more.
- Colorado – There is no penalty in Colorado for persons who privately cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants, with no more than 3 being mature. Learn more.
- Maine – An adult may cultivate up to 3 flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature plants and unlimited seedlings. Learn more.
- Massachusetts – An adult may grow six marijuana plants at the adult’s primary residence with a limit of a total of twelve plants at the residence. Learn more.
- Michigan – An adult may grow up to 12 marijuana plants at the adult’s residence for personal use. Learn more.
- Nevada – Question 2 permits adults who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to legally grow up to six marijuana plants, and to possess all of the harvest from those plants, if they reside 25 miles or more away from an operating marijuana retailer. No residence may have more than 12 plants at any one time. Learn more.
- Oregon – There is no fine or penalty for cultivation of up to 4 plants grown at home. Learn more.
- Washington, DC (District of Columbia) – Adults 21 and older may cultivate up to six marijuana plants (no more than three mature at any one time) in their primary residence without penalty. Learn more.
- Vermont – As of July 1, 2018, adult cultivation in private of up to six marijuana plants (two mature and up to four immature) is no longer punishable by a criminal or civil penalty. Learn more.
Cannabis is Legal for Adults (But Growing is Not Allowed)
- New Hampshire – Cultivation in New Hampshire will be punished based upon the aggregate weight of the plants found. No exceptions for medical marijuana patients. Learn more.
- Washington – Cultivation for either personal use or distribution is a class C felony punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000. An additional mandatory fine of $1,000 applies to first offenses and $2,000 to second or subsequent offenses. There are exceptions for medical marijuana patients. Learn more.
Growing is Legal for Medical Marijuana Patients
- Arizona – Cultivation is allowed if residence is further than 25 miles from a state-licensed dispensary facility. No more than twelve marijuana plants in an “enclosed, locked facility.” Learn more.
- Hawaii – No more than seven marijuana plants, whether immature or mature. Learn more.
- Missouri – Up to six flowering plants. Qualifying patients must obtain an identification card from the Department of Health. Cultivation must take place in a “closed, locked facility.” Learn more.
- Montana – A registered cardholder who has not named a provider may possess up to 4 mature plants, 4 seedlings, and the amount of usable marijuana allowed by the department by rule. If two or more registered cardholders share a residence and have not named providers, the cardholders may have a maximum of 8 mature plants, 8 seedlings, and the amount of usable marijuana allowed by the department by rule. Learn more.
- New Mexico – 16 plants (four mature, 12 immature). Learn more.
- Rhode Island – Up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings. All marijuana must be cultivated in one location. Must be stored in an indoor facility. Learn more.
Medical Marijuana is Legal (but home growing is not)
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
No Significant Legalization
- North Carolina
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
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.