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federal charges for mailing marijuana seeds

Most people asking if it is illegal to send seeds in the mail are talking about cannabis seeds.

Then we’ll touch on other types of seeds—ones that are not illegal to own, but that may be illegal to send. Seeds can be a tricky area, especially if sending them across international borders.

Is It Illegal To Send Weed Seeds In The Mail?

Laws in the US are a mess. In some states, you can legally grow weed. In others, you can’t even smoke a tiny bit if you are dying from cancer and in tremendous pain.

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We want to restate that nothing contained in this article should be taken as legal advice. We are not lawyers and do not know the ins and outs of the law. And when it comes to the laws governing cannabis, even lawyers generally have no real idea of what is going on.

Mailing pot across state lines is an incredibly bad idea, according to Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “There is no situation, whether from a legal state to a nonlegal state or a legal state to another legal state, in which mailing marijuana is legal,” Altieri wrote in an email to Mic.

Under the Controlled Substances Act — which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1970 to regulate the manufacture, possession and use of certain drugs — marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Schedule 1 drugs are those "with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse," such as heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

"Any distribution of marijuana that occurs across state lines absent a federal license is a violation of federal law," Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, said. Drug trafficking penalties vary depending on the schedule of the drug being trafficked and the amount. For less than 50 kilograms of marijuana (or from one to 49 marijuana plants), the maximum penalty for the first offense is up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 for a single individual. For the second offense, the maximum penalty doubles: up to 10 years behind bars and a fine not to exceed $500,000. The DEA lists penalties for more serious crimes on its website.

"There are a number of other laws that could potentially be used against you as well, including misuse of the mail and mailing of ‘injurious articles,’" Altieri added.

These penalties can apply to both sender and recipient.