Seed banks exist outside of the US and can sell them for “souvenir purposes,” but it is illegal to bring seeds into the US and Customs will seize any cannabis seeds they find in packages or on a person.
All of this information should be available to you when buying quality seeds.
Where can I buy cannabis seeds?
Autoflower plants change from the vegetative to flowering state with age, not the changing of their light cycle. They have a short grow-to-harvest time and can be ready to harvest in as little as 2 ½ to 3 months from when you put the seeds in the ground. The downside is that, typically, they are less potent, but autoflower seeds are great for people who want to grow cannabis but don’t want to spend a lot of time doing it.
If you grow some seeds and like the results, try growing another strain from that same breeder and see how it goes.
Breeders talk about “unstable genetics,” meaning that a seed’s origin is unknown. Make sure that when you buy a packet of seeds that it or the breeder who produced them can list where the seeds came from and how they were crossed and/or backcrossed to get the seed that you hold in your hand. If you can’t get a seed’s history, it could be anything and the result of poor breeding practices.
If Virginians are cultivating those plants now or in the future for personal use, is that illegal?
On July 1, adults 21 and older will be legally permitted to grow up to four plants per household for personal use.
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.
What can Virginians do?
Virginia legislators approved a medical cannabis program and have actively chosen to maintain it.
So what exactly can Virginians do?
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.
“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.”