The first couple months of the year is a great time to start planning your cannabis garden to get a head start on the outdoor growing season, which roughly runs from March to November, depending on where you live.
Some strains are easier to grow than others because they are more resistant to mold and pests, so if you’re new to growing, you may want to try an easier strain to start.
Is it legal to buy marijuana seeds?
Although this option is only available to people living in states with medical and adult-use legalization, buying marijuana seeds at the dispensary is far more straightforward. However, your options are more limited.
Marijuana seeds are considered a cannabis product just like flower, edibles, and concentrates. Their legality depends on which state you live in. People living in states with adult-use legalization can buy, produce, and sell seeds within their own state, but seeds can’t cross state lines. People living in states with medical marijuana legalization can only buy seeds if they have a medical card.
If you buy a packet of regular seeds, they’ll come with a mix of males and females. A lot of cultivators prefer to grow these because they haven’t been backcrossed—essentially inbred—as much as feminized or autoflower seeds. You’ll need to sex out the seeds once their reproductive organs show during the flowering phase and discard the males—because they don’t produce buds and will pollenate females, resulting in seeded flowers.
So why is delta 8 THC federally legal if it’s practically THC’s first cousin? Because of a legal gray zone that leaves many people confused.
Finest Labs adds terpenes to its delta 8 THC products to unlock the unique cannabinoid synergy, known as the entourage effect, which is considered the X factor of cannabinoid “magic.”
This means that the chances of experiencing the classic side effects of THC like paranoia and anxiety are much slimmer.
For Medicinal Use
Better yet, each product goes through several tests throughout the production cycle. Area 52 approaches the entire process of delta 8 THC extraction and production like the highest form of science that it is.
Moreover, marijuana deliveries for recreational use are still far from the norm. You can order weed online in most states, but you need to pick it up in person at a set time.
However, on August 20, 2020, the DEA introduced an Interim Final Rule, an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill, deeming all synthetically-derived tetrahydrocannabinol a schedule I controlled substance. This category could include delta 8 THC, thus creating somewhat of a paradox.
Again, it’s a legal gray area.
Marijuana can be purchased from a dispensary with a valid state-issued card in these states. Some of them also allow patients to harvest a limited amount of their own weed for personal medical use.
And then there’s the money. Part of the reason voters like legalizing weed is the demonstrated impact it can have on the economy. After Colorado legalized weed, the state gave the tax dollars from weed sales to their public school systems to the tune of $160 million in the first five years. The states that are joining Colorado can expect to see a similar economic boom from the legalized, taxed, and regulated sale of the drug.
Still, like any substance, it’s important that if you live in a state that has now or recently legalized marijuana to keep anything safely locked, stored, and out of sight and reach of your children. It’s also important to, just like alcohol, not partake in the drugs around your children, because of the mental, emotional, and social effects, along with the unknown physical health effects.
States Where Adult Recreational Use of Marijuana Is Legal
And while you can’t yet buy legal weed in New Jersey, it is now officially decriminalized, and the rules that the legal cannabis industry will have to follow in the Garden State are now in place. In New York, which legalized weed on the last day of March, possessing marijuana is now legal, as is smoking in public anywhere you can smoke tobacco. But dispensaries are about a year and a half away.
Marijuana has been minimally studied, so the health and safety ramifications of legalization are not fully known. The data thus far is deeply limited on questions like the public health effect on teenagers.
All of these states have also decriminalized marijuana and set up medical cannabis programs.
Decriminalization of marijuana typically means no arrests, prison time, or criminal record for first-time offenders found in possession of a small amount of marijuana. More serious offenses might still face stiffer penalties, but simple possession charges are essentially treated like minor traffic violations. Selling marijuana remains against the law in states that have only decriminalized it.