So, we all know that the topic of cannabis’s legal status is more than just a little controversial. But, let’s put away our opinions for now and take a look at what the UK law actually says:
This is a question lurking in the minds of many seed-buyers and the ‘cannabis curious.’ Theoretically speaking, selling and buying cannabis seeds is not illegal. However, because cannabis seeds are related to cannabis, there is going to be some murky grey areas when it gets to real life situations. Let’s take a look at what really happens if your seeds get stopped by customs.
Have your Seeds been Stopped at Customs?
Remember, possessing cannabis seeds may be legal, but the moment the seeds becomes a plant, you could be in trouble. It is illegal to germinate, cultivate, possess and sell cannabis in the UK. But yes, purchasing the cannabis seeds is legal. The reasons could be the following:
If you have had your seeds stopped at customs, then you should expect a ‘friendly’ letter to arrive in the mail. It could come with the empty package in place of where your seeds used to be, or it could arrive without the original packaging altogether. Either way, further action usually does not follow this letter. The letter will usual detail that the seeds have been confiscated, but no further action is generally taken. In non-EU countries, there are some cases where you may be in deeper trouble, and you may have to be taken in for an interview for further investigations. You can find out more information about the strictest countries here. If you want to find out more information about the legal status of cannabis and cannabis sees in Europe, you can find out more here.
– Collector’s items
– Bird food
– fish bait
– anything else that can be passed off as general interest
Otherwise you can choose for:
We are based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Europe). Shipping to the USA takes between 5 and 25 business days. The average is 10 to 15 days. Holdups at customs can cause a delay. But, since we hide our seeds so well, customs will let the package through after inspection. If they don’t, we will reship your order for free.
To what countries do we ship?
We do not ship to the following countries, for various reasons:
In the unfortunate case your seeds get crushed during shipment we may ask for a clear picture of the seeds in their original bags.
If your order does not arrive, we send you new seeds. For free!
So, here’s the deal: I ordered 3 seeds from Royal Queen Seeds early January, which was my second order, and received an email notice that they were sent out on January 13th. They are going to the southeast US and have yet to arrive. I worry because my first order (November), from the time I dropped my payment in the mail to the time I received my order was 2 weeks- 2 weeks! Super fast.
Well, after much reading, it would appear that I’m an idiot for not originally understanding what stealth shipping is. I thought it was just added protection for the seeds themselves to ensure that they’re not damaged through transit. I didn’t know it was to keep your ass out of trouble.
Now what you should know is I’m a total newbie to the grow and am greener than a plant with too much nitrogen. I did a lot of reading but apparently didn’t understand some of it. On my first order, I paid for regular shipping. not stealth. However, when I received my seeds it was indeed disguised by a DVD so it was sent stealth, but by their mistake. again, I didn’t pay extra. So, just thinking this was the norm, I didn’t pay for stealth on my second order. After week two, from the ship date, I started to wonder what happens if Johnny Law got a hold of them.
THIS IS WHERE I NEED ADVICE: 80-90% of threads state to have seeds sent to an alternate address but how do you do that if you don’t have anyone to receive it for you? I don’t have one person I would feel comfortable asking if I could send seeds to their home.
So, it’s going on greater than 3 weeks from the ship date and I am now awaiting my "Bad girl" letter from customs. I have only grown one little dwarf plant and am getting ready to harvest (yay!) in the next couple of days. The consensus on most threads I’ve read about similar situations is: