Here are a couple of other factors to keep in mind about the legality of cannabis seeds:
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.
It’s Best to Shop Local, but Buying Online Is an Option
State law governs if and how you can operate your cannabis growing business, and each state takes a slightly different approach. Your state may offer a large number of permits with few prerequisites, a small number of permits with an extensive application process, or something in between.
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.
The same is true for buying cannabis seeds in another country. It may sound like a great idea to buy cannabis seeds while visiting one of the world-renowned marijuana seed banks that exist in places such as the Netherlands or the United Kingdom. But when you re-enter the U.S. with your goods, Customs and Border Protection will seize any seeds they find, even if your plane landed in a state where they are legal. Again, it goes back to marijuana being illegal under federal law.
“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.”
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?
So what exactly can Virginians do?
What can Virginians do?
It was unfair to say the current legislation passed was altruistic by the administration, Pedini said.
Vote wisely in November, said Pedini, and contact lawmakers and ask them to expedite access through Virginia’s already operational medical cannabis dispensaries.
Nearly 9,000 constituent contacts were sent to the legislature and administration urging legalization take place in 2021 and not be delayed until 2024 as proposed.
“Virginia missed the opportunity,” said Pedini. “The next opportunity will be the next legislative session in 2022 or a legislative special session.”