The same is true for buying cannabis seeds in another country. It may sound like a great idea to buy cannabis seeds while visiting one of the world-renowned marijuana seed banks that exist in places such as the Netherlands or the United Kingdom. But when you re-enter the U.S. with your goods, Customs and Border Protection will seize any seeds they find, even if your plane landed in a state where they are legal. Again, it goes back to marijuana being illegal under federal law.
How much you will pay for cannabis seeds depends on the strain of marijuana you buy. Typically, a pack of 10 or 12 seeds starts at around $40. You can expect to pay up to $500 for high-end strains. Again, it is important to only buy cannabis seeds from a legal and reputable seed bank or dispensary — and only if you know you are abiding by state law.
In the United States, cannabis seeds cannot cross state lines because marijuana products are still illegal under federal law. Though rare, transporting the products across state lines could result in federal criminal charges. This is true even if you are purchasing cannabis seeds in a state that authorizes it and entering a state that also authorizes it.
How Much Do Cannabis Seeds Cost?
If you live in a state that permits the sale of marijuana seeds, your best bet is to shop locally for high-quality seeds. This means visiting a dispensary, local farmers market, or seed company in your state to make your purchase. There, you can get the in-person help you need to make your purchase legally.
You shouldn’t have any trouble buying cannabis seeds in another state or country if it’s legal there. It’s bringing the seeds back to your home state that can get you into trouble.
Thinking about starting your own cannabusiness? You are not alone. From CBD to medical marijuana to edibles, legal cannabis has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, with few signs of slowing down any time soon.
In addition to studying your state’s regulations, you should also join local cannabusiness groups and meet with a local cannabis business attorney for assistance. There is no such thing as going into the marijuana business too prepared. Once you are ready to take the step of legally buying cannabis seeds, you have a few options to choose from.
It is a felony to traffic in marijuana and all violations have mandatory minimum sentences. For greater than five pounds, the minimum sentence is two years and a fine of $25,000. For 100 pounds or more, the minimum sentence is four years and a fine of $50,000. For 500 pounds or more, the minimum sentence is eight years and a fine of $100,000.
Manufacture or delivery of marijuana in any amount is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. If the sale of marijuana is made to a person under the age of 21, the punishment can be up to five years in prison. If the person is under 16 years of age, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of six months imposed. If the person is under 14 years of age, there is a mandatory one year minimum sentence imposed.
If marijuana is purchased from a minor under 21 years old, the sentence can be up to five years in prison. If purchased from a minor under 16 years old, there is a six month mandatory minimum sentence imposed, with a maximum sentence of five years. If marijuana is purchased from a minor under 14 years old, a mandatory minimum sentence of one year and no more than 5 years will be imposed.
The use or possession of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,300. The sale of paraphernalia is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison. Sale or delivery of paraphernalia to a minor is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,150. If the possession or sale of marijuana occurs within 1000 feet of a school the penalty can be up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, and if it occurs within 300 feet of a church, park or recreation area the penalty can be up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Mandatory minimum sentence: When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to “life MMS” must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.