Many world-renowned seed banks are overseas in the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, and other countries where cannabis laws are less restricted. Seed banks provide seeds from a variety of different breeders.
Navigating the cannabis seed market can be challenging when states have different degrees of legality. This guide will answer your questions on buying seeds so you can be on your way to growing your own cannabis.
Where can I buy cannabis seeds?
Before you purchase seeds online, you’ll need to figure out what strain you want to grow and what breeder you want to buy from.
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.
In fact, you could get in more trouble for buying seeds from within the U.S. than from overseas, which is why the majority of reputable seed banks are in Europe.
While a bill that would allow adults 21 years and older to grow recreational-use cannabis at home has been introduced in the Washington state Legislature, currently the only legal exception for home growing is medical. If you have a Washington medical marijuana card, you can grow a small number of plants without registering, and up to 15 if registered.
How to buy seeds
For more variety you can buy seeds online, although there are risks. Consider having them shipped to a state where growing marijuana at home is legal. That way, if your package gets intercepted, it’s unlikely you will face legal consequences. But you may still face legal jeopardy if you have to cross state lines to bring them home.
One of the more trustworthy sellers in the United States is I Love Growing Marijuana. Its website features information about growing, what types of seeds you’ll need and more. The website and store are run by Robert Bergman, an expert cultivator, and provides free shipping to customers in the United States and Europe.
Feminized seeds have no male chromosomes and are guaranteed to provide resinous bud.
The marijuana legislation also included a new agency, the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority, to oversee the establishment of regulations that will govern the adult-use market and determine cannabis policy in the Commonwealth.
Solution to this problem?
Vote wisely in November, said Pedini, and contact lawmakers and ask them to expedite access through Virginia’s already operational medical cannabis dispensaries.
What can Virginians do?
If the four (someday five) medical cannabis dispensaries can sell both medical and adult-use cannabis, it reduces illicit market activity.
“That same majority is not demonstrated in the legislature. Politics takes a front seat and policy takes a back seat.”
“No. There’s no way to buy it legally,” Pedini stated emphatically. “Unfortunately what Virginia failed to do in this piece of legislation is follow the same common sense pathway that states that have gone before us have done.”
“Most states have a large robust medical cannabis program. When you hear concerns over Virginia’s current medical operators potentially dominating the future adult-use market, it’s laughable because there are only four of them.”