Thinking about starting your own cannabusiness? You are not alone. From CBD to medical marijuana to edibles, legal cannabis has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, with few signs of slowing down any time soon.
In addition to studying your state’s regulations, you should also join local cannabusiness groups and meet with a local cannabis business attorney for assistance. There is no such thing as going into the marijuana business too prepared. Once you are ready to take the step of legally buying cannabis seeds, you have a few options to choose from.
First and Foremost: Know Your State Laws
You shouldn’t have any trouble buying cannabis seeds in another state or country if it’s legal there. It’s bringing the seeds back to your home state that can get you into trouble.
If you live in a state that permits the sale of marijuana seeds, your best bet is to shop locally for high-quality seeds. This means visiting a dispensary, local farmers market, or seed company in your state to make your purchase. There, you can get the in-person help you need to make your purchase legally.
How much you will pay for cannabis seeds depends on the strain of marijuana you buy. Typically, a pack of 10 or 12 seeds starts at around $40. You can expect to pay up to $500 for high-end strains. Again, it is important to only buy cannabis seeds from a legal and reputable seed bank or dispensary — and only if you know you are abiding by state law.
Possession of marijuana is punishable by six months in jail and/or a fine of $1,000 for the first offense, and for second or subsequent offenses (includes ANY prior controlled substance conviction), 3.5 years in jail and a fine of $10,000. Conditional discharge is available for first offenders. Possession within 1,000 feet of a school, school bus, public park, public pool, youth center or community center adds an additional 100 hours of community service to the sentence for possession.
If a person 17 years of age or over delivers a controlled substance to a person 17 years of age or under who is at least 3 years his or her junior, the applicable maximum term of imprisonment may be increased by 5 years. Sale within 1,000 feet of a school, school bus, public park, public pool, youth center, community center, treatment facility, jail or public housing project adds five years to the maximum possible prison term. Distribution or sale on a public transit vehicle also increases the maximum possible prison sentence by five years.
Possession of paraphernalia is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. Delivery or possession with intent to distribute is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000, unless the sale or delivery was to a minor, in which case the penalties increase to a possible 9 months in jail and a fine up to $10,000.
Manufacture / Distribution / Delivery / Possession With Intent of 200 grams or less of marijuana is punishable by 3.5 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. For amounts greater than 200 grams the penalty increases to 6 – 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 – $25,000.
Upon conviction of a drug offense, the offender’s driver’s license is suspended for 6 months – 5 years.