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michigan medical marijuana seeds and clones

Rule 2(3) in the Marihuana Licensees Rule Set (R 420.102(3)) states, in part, except as otherwise provided in the MRTMA and the rules, a marihuana grower license authorizes the sale or transfer of seeds, seedlings, tissue cultures, or immature plants to a marihuana grower from another marihuana grower without using a marihuana secure transporter. There are no specific provisions in the MRTMA or the administrative rules that prohibit a licensed adult-use grower from selling or transferring seeds, tissue cultures, clones, or immature plants to a microbusiness without using a secure transporter, which would be considered a licensed grower for this purpose.

Pursuant to Rule 5(7) in the Marihuana Licensees Rule Set (R 420.105(7)), “a marihuana microbusiness license is subject to all applicable provisions in the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) and the rules related to a marihuana grower, marihuana retailer, and marihuana processor license except for R 420.102(8).” Therefore, with some exceptions, a microbusiness has the same permissions and requirements as any other licensed grower.

Therefore, a licensed microbusiness is authorized to purchase or accept the transfer of seeds, seedlings, tissue cultures, clones, or immature plants from a licensed marihuana grower without using a marihuana secure transporter.

Can a microbusiness obtain seeds, tissue cultures, clones, or immature plants without using a secure transporter?

Firstly, there are great places like Clone Star LLC that offer a tried and true product that you can count on. There’s no guesswork with seeds from a seed bank. By having control over what variety you purchase, you’ll already know what you’re getting as far as the strain of the cannabis. This means you won’t waste any time on a low-quality plant. Clone Star LLC also offers feminized cannabis seeds. Feminized seeds yield female plants exclusively, and since only the female plants produce buds, you can be assured that your money isn’t being thrown away on plants you can’t use.

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A clone is a cutting from a mature cannabis plant which can be replanted and raised to produce buds. It might seem simple to raise a plant from a clone that has already partially developed, but it can actually be much more difficult than growing a seed from scratch. For one thing, all plants are highly susceptible to diseases such as fungus or infestation by bugs. A clone is the exact genetic image of the mother plant it came from, so if the mother had any health issues, the cutting will also suffer. As a first time grower, you may not have the experience or know-how to deal with these problems, and the plant may die.

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Another reason that starting plants from seeds is optimal is because it’s simply what is natural to the cannabis plant itself. Marijuana is an annual plant, meaning that its life in its natural environment is only around a year long. Marijuana plants are simply not genetically engineered to remain active and flowering for longer periods of time, so a clone from a mature plant may already be getting old and could yield less buds than seeds.

The only tangible benefit of using the cloning method for a new grower is that the plant is already farther along in development than a seed would be, and you can hope for an actual yield sooner. If time is not an issue, this may not matter to you at all. It usually only shortens the entire growing cycle by about a month. In addition, most people find that they really enjoying the experience of learning to raise a cannabis plant from its earliest stages. It’s a bit like experiencing a birth, and you can be proud of your adult plant once it flowers knowing that you grew it from seed on your own.

Finally, a plant grown from seed will have a hearty root structure. For those of you completely unfamiliar with gardening of any kind, a tap root is the central part of a plant’s entire root system, extending deep into the surrounding soil and absorbing large amounts of nutrients. A clone is incapable of growing a tap root and may never be as strong and healthy as a plant grown from seed, which will develop its own tap root.

Though growing from clones might have at one time been popular, growers concerned with the singular quality of their plants are moving back to a method of growing from seeds. One look at the extensive select premium seeds available online may convince you that the seed method is the best route to success as a new grower.