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is buying marijuana seeds illegal

If they buy pot out of state and bring it in state to roll/smoke, is that illegal?

If the four (someday five) medical cannabis dispensaries can sell both medical and adult-use cannabis, it reduces illicit market activity.

States regulate a pathway for adult consumers to shop at medical cannabis dispensaries. Until Virginia implements this, there will be no legal way for adults to obtain seeds or clones until adult-use retail cannabis locations are opened — potentially, in 2024, Pedini explained.

So, where can Virginians purchase pot seeds or clone plants? Legally?

What can Virginians do?

This is the program legislators have saddled with Virginians, said Pedini. “Now, how can you make this program for Virginians? It can’t only be about how to make a buck on the backs of consumers.”

“That same majority is not demonstrated in the legislature. Politics takes a front seat and policy takes a back seat.”

Most states that have legalized adult-use began with medical cannabis programs first.

In the meantime, if Virginians can’t purchase anything legally in Virginia, can they get marijuana plants from outside the state and bring them in?

Not just consumers but Virginia as a whole. With regulations comes public safety, Pedini emphasized.

Because US federal law still prohibits cannabis, it can be hard to find information on seed banks and breeders. Breeders who have a long history and positive reputation are usually a good place to start. To get an idea of what well-established breeders look like, check out:

An inexperienced breeder might cross a male and a female one time and sell the resulting seeds as a new hybrid strain, but professional breeders usually put their strains through several rounds of backcrossing to stabilize the genetics and ensure consistent plants that reflect those genetics.

How to buy cannabis seeds at a dispensary

If you grow some seeds and like the results, try growing another strain from that same breeder and see how it goes.

What’s the difference between regular, feminized, and autoflower seeds?

Even one weed plant can produce a lot of buds come harvest time, so make sure you grow a strain you like. Note strains you enjoy when you pick something up at the dispensary or smoke with friends, and look for seeds of it when you want to start growing.