First, extraction. The law prohibits the production of “cannabis-based extracts or concentrates at home by means of any liquid or gas, other than alcohol, that has a flashpoint below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.” This is meant to prevent home-extraction using volatile compounds such as butane, which can be incredibly dangerous if used incorrectly.
But the Massachusetts cannabis law also contains a section that allows for folks to grow their own cannabis at home—and that provision kicked in immediately as the new law took effect. Whether you’re wanting to avoid long dispensary lines or are just curious about flexing your green thumb, here’s what you need to know if you want to grow cannabis at home.
If you’re all about concentrates, there are plenty of other options to explore. Try making hash by hand, pressing rosin, or even whipping up a batch of bubble hash.
How Do I Start?
Whether indoors or out, your grow space needs to be protected with a lock or some sort of security device. Also, you need to keep your plants out of sight. State law says plants may not be visible from a public place without the use of “binoculars, aircraft or other optical aids.”
If you’re feeling generous, you can also gift your stash. While you can’t legally sell anything you harvest, state law says you can gift up to an ounce of cannabis flower at a time to other adults 21 and older.
At the moment, there is no legal way to purchase seeds or starters in Massachusetts.
If that doesn’t work, it doesn’t hurt to ask around. Groups of local home growers often set up trades to exchange seeds and diversify the strains they grow. Check to see if your local grow store has any information, or look on social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram for cannabis seed or plant exchanges.
A cannabis seed that’s white (or light green) and looks small hasn’t been completely developed. Another warning sign of seed being unhealthy is if the shell on the seed is brittle; this is typically a sign that the seed is too old to be able to germinate.
Do you know what a healthy marijuana seed looks like? It’s round and fat. Some marijuana seeds will have a gray color with tiger trips or a mottled pattern, while some may just be dark brown.
How Do You Know If the Seeds Are Healthy?
They’re also a great option to select if you’re really just getting started growing marijuana plants and aren’t interested in learning how to identify male marijuana plants, to ensure the success of your harvest.
Known as pre-flowers, you’ll be able to tell the reproductive organs on a marijuana plant when it’s about six weeks old. While it may be difficult with your naked eye, using a small magnifying glass will help to make identifying the organs much easier.
Feminized seeds are a form of marijuana seeds that has made sure that all of the seeds you’re receiving are female. While this of seed isn’t naturally occurring and requires a process of Rodelization to create it, feminized seeds are a wonderful seed to choose if you’re only interested in producing buds.
Maybe it’s the convenience of having it in the house, or perhaps you like to do things yourself.
Whatever your reasons are, Massachusetts state laws allow you to take things into your own hands when it comes to marijuana — green thumb included.
If you want to grow good weed, you'll have to work for it.
People over the age of 21 can grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes (with a maximum of 12 plants per household), so long as they are kept in a locked location and out of public view.
December 28, 2018
If you’re thinking about growing your own marijuana, there’s plenty to know — where to get seeds, the equipment needed, and, of course, what to keep in mind when tending to your crop.