Genetic breeders also offer “feminized” seeds — as female cannabis plants produce the flower. Planting random seeds will usually yield both male and female cannabis plants. If you do not separate the two sexes early enough, the male plants will pollinate the females, causing them to produce seeds and a much lower-quality cannabinoid than non-pollinated female plants. Male plants are mostly used for cross-breeding strains. If a male pollinates a growroom, the grow is typically terminated, and all is lost. Ordering feminized seeds alleviates the time-consuming process of growing plant after plant, until finding a female.
My worry is that by welcoming giant corporations to run the Massachusetts cannabis industry, the people could unknowingly be surrendering their access to seeds. And not just the seed itself, but the genetics contained within a seed’s DNA.
I was leaving for work when I caught a quick glimpse on the news of the chaotic scenes playing out as opening day of our state’s first adult-use cannabis retailers opened their doors to the public Nov. 20. A sea of excited consumers descended upon the shops, elated at the idea of legally purchasing cannabis over the counter.
This leaves prospective cultivators with few options for obtaining seeds — hoping a friend has a source, attending cannabis-centric events, and the most common method, ordering them illegally from online seed banks.
For prospective homegrown cultivators, it’s just as hard to acquire quality cannabis seeds now than before its widespread social and legal acceptance. Where seeds were once a staple of any bag of cannabis until the mid-1990s, they have been bred out as cannabis genetics improved. The days when a missed seed found its way into a joint, resulting in a mini-explosion and possible beard scorching, are over. And while the manipulation of genetics has been incredible in maximizing cannabis’ medicinal qualities, it has made acquiring the seeds a confusing process with unclear boundaries.
Events such as the New England Cannabis Convention, CannaCon and, most prominently, Worcester’s Harvest Cup are good places to start. A search of local cannabis events on Facebook will provide more than enough places to start.
But I didn’t feel a shared sense of victory with the people on the screen. I’m concerned cannabis consumers are choosing convenience over sustainability.
In Europe it’s legal to buy and sell small quantities of cannabis seeds (online). However, selling seeds in bulk to individuals isn’t allowed. Especially because selling bulk is considered an encouragement for large-scale breeding. At the same time it remains unclear where the line is drawn between small and large scale quantities. Many seed banks therefore sell seeds in small quantities.
However, this doesn’t stop most US citizens from buying cannabis seeds overseas. Especially as the quality of seeds in Europe is considered better, there is more choice and no known consequences of buying cannabis seeds overseas.
Is it legal to buy cannabis seeds in USA?
South Africa has decriminalized the use of cannabis in a private room, but there are still many questions. For example, whether you can buy cannabis seeds legally.
The purchase of cannabis seeds as a collector’s item or for other purposes than growing weed is generally considered legal. However, the legality of cannabis seeds is often very confusing. Many countries tolerate the use, possession and cultivation of small quantities of weed, other countries have a total ban while more and more countries are legalizing cannabis or working on it. However, cannabis seeds are a separate story in this discussion.
Having said that, the regulations concerning cannabis seeds change from time to time. Because it’s impossible for us to keep up with the regulations for each country, the presented information should never be interpreted as legal advice. Besides, we don’t encourage the purchase of cannabis seeds to citizens from countries where cannabis seeds are illegal.